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It can be easy to be green! Follow these suggestions and helpsave the planet

Get on board the green machine! Here's how to assess yourtechnology's green factor and make small changes with big impact.You'll also find tips for using technology in green ways and adviceon getting rid of old devices in an environmentally friendly way.Learn what to buy, when to upgrade, where to find green ideas, andmuch more.

  • Watch your step — calculate the size of your carbonfootprint and see how much your electronics contribute to it
  • Do your home work — find great advice to help you make thecase to your employer for telecommuting options

  • You have the power — to use less energy, and you'll findlots of ways to do that

  • Green upgrades — discover how to give your currentcomputer a green makeover

  • Buying green — learn what to look for when shopping for anew computer and peripherals

  • When it's time to retire your electronic devices — uncoverearth-friendly ways to recycle your old computer and be sure youdon't give away your personal data

  • Sharing is good — see how home networks, device sharing,and Windows Home Server can protect the planet

  • The green cloud — find out why cloud computing makes greensense

Open the book and find:

  • What the Energy Star can tell you
  • Tips for reducing energy use throughout your home

  • The difference between Energy Star and EnergyGuide

  • How to decide what to print and what to read on an electronicdevice

  • Ten great places to find green hints

  • Definitions of common green terms

  • How to prepare equipment for recycling

  • Guidelines for setting up a green home office

About the Author

Woody Leonhard is best known for his various WindowsAll-In-One For Dummies books. Woody's a Microsoft MVP and one ofthe original Microsoft Consulting Partners. He's also aContributing Editor for Windows Secrets Newsletter.

Katherine Murray is a nature lover, communicationsexpert, and the author of more than 50 books on technology andbusiness topics related to digital lifestyle.

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Life is too short Nov. 1 2009
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Life is too short to obsess over your carbon footprint. If you love to fiddle with your computer and other energy-using gadgets you may love this book. As for me, I try to be a nice green citizen without expending too much personal energy on it.

I gave up on the extreme greenie stuff when I discovered that Energy Star hasn't updated its zip code file for a decade or more (what else is out on date on this website?) and that no one ever mentions the down side of CFL bulbs (after a fairly short time they dim down so much that you throw them out in disgust, so they don't last any longer that the old bulbs, they just cost a lot more and look uglier).

Wait -- maybe hanging out your wet clothes in Phoenix in the summertime does qualify as extreme greenie. The secret is to wait till after ten p.m. when the temp may have dropped below 100 F.