The best, easiest, and most effective way to decrease the amount of greenhouse gas your computer produces over its lifetime is to utilize built in power-save functions. It'll lower your electricity bills, extend the life of your computer, and decrease CO2 emission by as much as 10%.
It's a wonder, then, that hardly anyone does that. The truth is, it's a pain the butt. It's hard to figure out what exactly needs to be done, and even harder to recognize when the changes you've made actually make a difference.
Which is why CO2Saver is so awesome. Just download (it's smaller than EcoGeek's homepage) and install on your Windows machine (sorry Mac and Linux users) and it immediately decreases your computers carbon footprint considerably. Plus, it analyzes your computer to determine exactly how much carbon you've saved and keeps you updated on your levels of progress. The program is tiny, extremely efficient, and doesn't make any drastic or horribly annoying changes. Best, when it's off, all your settings return to normal. No spyware, no adware, just a more efficient machine.
We've also profiled LocalCooling at EcoGeek, which serves the same carbon-reducing purpose. LocalCooling, however, is much bigger, much more processor intensive, and, frankly, its constant, forced hibernation can be really annoying. But, as the CEO of Snap, Tom McGovern reminded me "if someone reduces their carbon footprint by using either their app or ours that is a good thing!"
CO2Saver is produced by Snap, a very cool search engine that shows previews of sites before you click to visit. That, in itself, is a power-saver, as it saves me tons of time when searching. But remarkably Snap has chosen to bow to Google's market share. The built-in search box in CO2Saver defaults to Google.
OK, last awesome thing about CO2Saver? I emailed the CEO of Snap and said it'd be cool if it had browser integration. He agreed, and they'd add that in the next version. So, I kinda got to contribute to the product!
written by Laughing, June 27, 2007
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