Go Green with IT and Save Money and the Environment

There’s a lot of talk today about energy efficiency in the newer products, everything from TV’s to washing machines are advertising their energy efficiency. And, of course it is a huge concern in the IT world too.

Quick, can you name the largest source waste in the office? No, it’s not surfing the Internet, and it’s not even power consumption.  It’s paper cost.

Question: How much water does it take to produce 1 single sheet of paper?

For Christmas I bought a Garmin GPS unit for my son Michael. We’re from Idaho and he’s in Massachusetts, and you know how guys are; we hate to ask for directions! Having the GPS will help him quite a bit.

Here in Idaho you can almost always find a landmark (re: mountain) to get your bearings; the Rocky Mountains come in pretty handy that way. However, In Massachusetts, Michael tells me that the roads wind around a lot, and in the heavily forested countryside, there’s no nice landmarks to help you out. Another point, Boston is not an easy city to navigate for non-natives. I know I’ve been there, and been lost there and -this is no lie - not one person out of 20 that I asked could help me get out of town.

Anyway, I bought the GPS for him, but the manual was not included in the box, it’s online. Believe it or not, he’s in a position where he does not have regular access to the Internet, or even a printer. So, I printed it for him. 50 pages later I had a stack of paper heavier and bulkier than the GPS unit itself.

I was wishing my home printer had duplex capabilities.

And not just at home, most offices do not duplex print either. I bet most users don’t even know if the printer is capable of it, or how to turn that function on. Remember that paper represents the biggest waste in an office today; it’s estimated that the average office worker prints over 10,000 pages a year. Just turn on duplex and save 40% of the cost of paper. Use of the HP Universal Print Driver makes it easy to set duplex as the default. Think about it, how many simple, quick procedures result in saving 40% of anything!  HP’s UPD is something everyone should be thinking about!

Answer: 13 ounces of water is required to make a single sheet of paper. And consider this – it takes more energy to produce a single sheet of paper than to print out a page from your printer!

The moral of the story is that by taking a few minutes to first think about how your print output is managed you can save a ton of trees, resources, and good old money too.

Howard P.
HP Business Development
En Pointe Technologies

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