There are a number of ways to go Green with your computer but for now I’m going to talk about the power supply. Most power supplies are not very efficient wasting 30 or 40% of the power they consume and this turns into a higher electricity bill. There is however an alternative. Antec produces a power supply that is 80% or more efficient which in turn will lower you electricity bill and is better for the environment. Their series of power supplies is called the EarthWatt series and are available in 380, 430, 500, and 650 Watts. As quoted from their website “The Antec EarthWatts line offers some of the most environmentally friendly power supplies available. With universal input, Active PFC, and a robust cooling system, EarthWatts is everything you could want in an energy-efficient power supply.” To find out more about Antec and the power supplies they provide please visit their website.
With today’s desktops consuming more power then ever it only makes sense to use a power supply that is more efficient and in turn more environmentally friendly. These power supplies are 80Plus compliant meaning they must be 80% or greater energy efficient at 20%, 50% and 100% rate load. This makes an 80 PLUS certified power supply substantially more efficient than typical power supplies. To learn more about 80Plus please visit their website at www.80plus.org . The cost of these power supplies may be slightly higher but well worth the money considering how efficient they are and how well they stay cool.
Although there are other manufacturers that also produce 80Plus compliant power supplies, I’ve only mentioned Antec because they are a well known company and readily available. Antec also makes a power supply called True Power that is also 80Plus compliant. To find out what I can get or what I have available please call
Scott’s Computer Emporium at 519-802-2721.