California passed new legislation to require new energy efficiency limits on monitors, desktop computers, workstations, notebooks, and small servers. The limits will be phased in over time beginning on January 1st, 2018. January 1, 2018 – Standards for workstations and small-scale servers January 1, 2019 – Standards for notebook computers and Tier 1 desktop computers […]
Today is Energy Star Day with a new campaign starting. “Do 1 Thing Energy Star” is intended to make it simple to save energy.
A green gem in the East Central Illinois region is the new Renewable Energy Center at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois. Switching from a coal-fired power plant, the new biomass-burning facility is a clear environmental improvement with an expected 80 percent reduction in net greenhouse gas emissions. This virtual tour shares many more details of […]
Every Earth Day, as part of our Energy Saving category here at 404 Tech Support, we compile some of the green tech-related news (2009, 2010, 2011). In 2012, it seems like a lot of companies are pushing their green news in this week leading up to Earth Day. In no particular order, here’s a selection […]
Public Act 097-0287 went into effect January 1st, 2012 for the state of Illinois. It updated the Illinois Products Recycling and Reuse Act to cover seventeen electronic products that must be recycled. It also introduced a number of mandates, fees, and deadlines for manufacturers that sell electronics in Illinois (such as recycling 40% of previous […]
I picked up my first UPS several years ago as one of the deal items at a Black Friday doorbuster sale. I used it as a battery backup on my PC for several years. Since then, I’ve upgraded to higher wattage uninterruptible power supplies to support more electronics and have more time in the case […]
I passed by this book on display at my local library a few times before I actually picked up 62 Projects to Make with a Dead Computer and I initially picked it up as a skeptic. From the first time I saw the cover of the book, I kept thinking “what about the heavy metals or […]
HP is holding a showcase technology event this week in Las Vegas, Discover 2011, that combines several previous customer events. It promises to bring together the people, technology, and ideas to solve the difficult enterprise challenges.
Happy Earth Day 2011! I was hoping to add solar panels to my home this Spring but the local vendor never got back to me. After crunching some numbers, with current solar panel prices/efficiency, electricity usage, and incentive rebates I decided to put the extra money towards the mortgage as a wiser investment. I’ll be […]
Although not computer technology, the Evolve Ladybug showerhead is energy-saving, water-saving, and cost-saving technology, all of which are other interests of mine. The Ladybug is a three-inch long adapter that fits on the end of your shower pipe between the showerhead. It’s designed to turn your shower down to a trickle as soon as the […]