Windows Vista is soon going to begin advertising it's abilities to dramatically reduce the electricity costs of running a personal computer. The improvements in power save functions implemented by Vista, though, are fairly simple. Indeed, the question on my mind is "Why didn't they do it before now!"
LocalCooling provides a really simple application that introduces some powerful power-saving functionality to Windows XP. The system also catalogs how much power it saves and sends that information back to the website. The software actually reads your system information so it knows exactly how much power your system draws. And, thus, exactly how much power can be saved by spinning down your hard disks, turning off your monitor and
That way, the LocalCooling site can keep track of how much power the software has saved (so far, around 6000 kwh.) The goal of LocalCooling is to be installed on 100,000,000 PCs across the world and thus prevent the release of 300 billion kilograms of CO2 per year.
I'm happy to be a part of it, you should try it out too.
written by Mark Ontkush, December 06, 2006
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