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Computers | Paper | Light

Working and saving, according to Benjamin Franklin, are not only the cornerstones of wealth, but also – would you believe – the cornerstones of reference for all entrepreneurs. Savings, therefore, are at the basis of optimising earnings. Without mentioning who knows which companies, savings are very often possible by implementing a few simple best practices, which can easily be adopted by all without the need for any particular effort.

The 3 best practices OTOMO

Did you know that a laptop consumes about 50% less power?

Printers and computers are a rather significant cost item when managing a company’s budget, not only during purchasing but also in their simple management and maintenance.
A simple idea, but one which is rarely considered, could be to purchase reconditioned materials, or perhaps even second-hand materials or those previously used in displays.
Interestingly, a laptop consumes less power than a fixed PC, especially if it’s kept slightly raised off the desk using PC supports to stop it from overheating.
It’s also worth using the power saving mode. In Windows 10, click Start, select System, go to the Control Panel and click on Power saving options, then select one of the proposed combinations.


Activate power saving mode. – Deactivate the screen saver.

Many laptops activate the power saving mode automatically when the battery level falls below 20%.
Deactivating the screen saver is another best practice that helps save. This function was introduced when computer screens risked deteriorating if an image remained fixed for too long, but today, with the advent of new LCD screens, this is no longer a problem and turning this feature off helps the battery last longer.

Sleep or hibernation, which is best?

Should we turn the computer off and on again or leave it on during periods of likely use? It depends. If it’s used multiple times per day, it’s best to leave it on insofar as powering it up each time implicates a minor stress on the electronic circuits due to the passage of the current. If however it’s only used once per day, it’s best to turn it off and on again the next day for a new working session.
However, current operating systems have other modes too: sleep and hibernation. It is best to opt for sleep mode, which, although consuming slightly more power with respect to the hibernation mode, doesn’t stress the PC when it’s switched back on like the second option does. Both sleep and hibernation mode can be activated in Windows 10 from Settings >System>Power & sleep/Additional power settings.

Save with Dark Mode and your eyesight will thank you.

Even setting the night-time mode while browsing contributes to increased savings, in fact, lighter pages absorb more power with respect to darker ones. Moreover, Dark Mode helps limit glare phenomena and consequently visual fatigue, counteracting the onset of Computer Vision Syndrome, a continuously lurking threat for computer-based workers.
Whether driven by aesthetic reasons or the benefits to your eyesight, and battery, this setting makes an important difference not only to the budget, but also the environment.
In Windows 10, to activate Dark Mode go to Settings>Personalisation>Colours, then enable the option.

Cutting consumption and not trees.

How many times have we found ourselves printing tens of pages when really we could limit waste by simply changing the font style and size? When printing absolutely can’t be avoided, paper usage can be reduced by at least 25% using these simple techniques. Moreover, using the “draft” print mode also reduces the amount of toner or ink used. Ink usage can also be reduced by limiting the use of Bold fonts.

Install a smart building automation system to control waste.

Best use can be made of natural light in offices by arranging the desks in such a way that they’re near windows, making the most of the sunlight. This will reduce the amount of artificial light usage, thus saving on electricity bills. Of course it’s impossible to completely renounce the use of artificial light, but good management practices can be implemented that can help reduce power consumption. Manual management is entrusted to common sense, which induces us to turn lights off when they’re not needed, automated management is intelligent and does much more. For example, it optimises power consumption based on the user occupancy rate of offices.

Save on your bill with smart building automation.

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A research by the Politecnico di Milano tells you how.