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    Turning off machines when they are not in use can result in enormous energy savings.*

    There is a common misconception that screen savers reduce energy use by monitors. They do not. This misconception extends to other equipment, with many people believing that equipment lasts longer if it is never turned off. This incorrect perception carries over from the days of older mainframe computers. Enabling automatic sleep timers or manually turning monitors off is always the better energy-saving strategy.

    To maximize savings with a laptop, put the AC adapter on a power strip that can be turned off.

    The transformer in the AC adapter draws power continuously, even when the laptop is not plugged into the adapter.

    Buy ENERGY STAR®-certified products for your small business.

    The ENERGY STAR label indicates the most efficient computers, printers, copiers, refrigerators, televisions, windows, thermostats, ceiling fans and other equipment.

    Consider buying a laptop for your next computer upgrade.

    Laptops use much less energy than desktop computers, resulting in long-term savings.

    Unplug battery chargers.

    You'll save energy by unplugging chargers when the batteries are fully charged or when the chargers are not in use.

    Use rechargeable batteries.

    Studies have shown that using rechargeable batteries for products like cordless phones and PDAs is more cost-effective than using throwaway batteries.

    *All tips sourced from: U.S. Small Business Administration and ENERGY STAR