Home Electronics: If we’re gonna have ’em, we can be greener

A few stats from treehugger.com

  • 15 percent: Percentage of money spent on powering your computer dedicated to computing, worldwide; the rest of the $250 billion is spent on energy wasted in idling.
  • 70 percent: Percentage of waste composed of discarded electronics, out of all hazardous waste.
  • 529 pounds: Amount of fossil fuels required to manufacture a 53-pound computer system (including the monitor), along with 49 pounds of chemicals and 1.5 tons of water.
  • 15 billion: Batteries produced annually worldwide.
  • 40 percent: Of the energy used for electronics in your home is used while these devices are turned off.

Home electronics take energy and add up to waste, but if you are going to have some of them, there are things you can do to minimize the problem.Treehugger also has a guide to Green Computers and some other ideas on going green with your home electronics.

Greenpeace has a produced a guide to electronics that looks at how “green” they are in terms of pollution. Here’s a link to the Green Electronics Guide.

Finally, take a look at Epeat, a global registry for green electronics.

About thinkofitasanadventure

We are a 50-something couple living in the Longfellow neighborhood of Minneapolis. We attended a sustainability conference at our local high school in November 2010, with keynote speaker Richard Heinberg from the Post Carbon Institute. What we heard shocked us deeply. We finally understood the need to transition away from fossil fuels as quickly as possible. We immediately began to change the way we live. We joined together with other folks in our neighborhood to learn more, to do more and to have fun doing it! We're part of Transition Longfellow. We're choosing to change now and to "think of it as an adventure." If you are on this journey too, we'd love to hear from you.
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