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Is your screen saver really saving energy?

Many of us routinely use screen savers thinking we are doing a good thing not only to save energy but to save the life of our computer monitors as well.  According to energystar.gov  this is not necessarily true.  Screen savers are often filled with graphics which may cause your computer to burn twice the energy. The screen saver also can prevent the computer from going into “sleep” mode.  Initially, screen savers were developed to prevent permanent etching of patterns on monitors but are no longer necessary due to technological advances and now are for entertainment only.

A website called techsoup.org offers an alternative.  They suggest that you turn on the power management feature that is already an option in most computers.  This will enable your monitor to turn off automatically, or, after a period of inactivity it will put it into a sleep mode.  For a PDF with step-by-step instructions go to: http://www.climatesaverscomputing.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/Power_management_instructions.pdf

By julie collins on March 29, 2012 Categories: Electronics, Energy

Public Works to Offer Electronics Recycling Drop off

The Mount Prospect Public Works Facility will begin to accept electronic recyling on Wednesday, April 4 from 10 a.m to 12 p.m. This program is being established via a partnership between the village, SWANCC and Supply-Chain Services, Inc. Starting on April 4 and continuing through October 31, Public Works, at 1700 W. Central, will accept these items on Wednesdays only from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. For more info: http://www.mountprospect.org/index.aspx?recordid=1062&page=27

By julie collins on March 22, 2012 Categories: Electronics, Recycling

Kill A Watt Meters

The Mount Prospect Public Library is now offering Kill A Watt Meters for checkout at the Reference Desk on the second floor. These devices can be used to monitor the electricity consumed by household appliances and electronics on a daily basis. ComEd provided 2 of these meters to the library. Please ask for assistance at the Reference Desk. Loan periods are for one week.

By julie collins on February 25, 2012 Categories: Consumer Choices, Electronics, Energy

Electronic Recycling Event for Mount Prospect Residents

The Village of Mount Prospect in association with the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC) is providing a one day collection event for residents to drop off electronics at Mount Prospect’s Public Works building on Saturday, June 18 from 9am to 1:00pm

Only residentially generated equipment will be accepted (see list below). Businesses, school districts and governmental institutions are prohibited from participating in the event, but are encouraged to visit  www.swancc.org for local recycling info.

Acceptable Items:* 

Computer Monitors
Computers – PCs/Laptops    
DVD/VHS Players 
Fax Machines
Mobile Phones
MP3 Players
PDAs
Peripherals – mice, keyboards, zip drives       
Printers
Scanners
Televisions
Video Game Consoles

*If your item is not listed above it will not be accepted.

Please contact the Public Works Department (847-870-5640) with any questions. For more info: Public Works to Host Electronic Recycling Event

 

By MPPL on June 7, 2011 Categories: Electronics, Recycling