Dell Laptops Target Energy Efficiency

If you’re working on a Dell laptop purchased in 2008, replacing that laptop with this year’s model will save you 25% on associated energy costs. Dell announced this goal two years ago, and now, the manufacturing giant would like you to know it has made good on its commitment.

How was this accomplished? First, by integrating Energy Smart circuit designs, fans, power management features and other systems into the Dell laptop line, and by working closely with suppliers to develop more deliver energy-efficient processors, chip sets, power supplies, memory and other components.

Dell Laptops

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Making the transition to LED displays across its entire laptop portfolio didn’t hurt, either, as these displays both avoid toxic mercury (which can leach into the atmosphere after the laptop has reached the end of its natural life) and deliver significant energy savings compared to the cold cathode fluorescent lamp (CCFL) technology of yore. Dell estimates LED displays will save customers approximately $20 million and 220 million kilowatt-hours in 2010 and 2011 combined.

This is likely a large reason why Newsweek named Dell the top green large size company for 2010. Greenpeace, which has ridden Dell hard in the past for its green practices, does seem to feel the computer manufacturer is doing pretty good in the energy efficiency arena. It noted on its most recent Guide to Greener Electronics that “it is encouraging that Dell is making continuous steps to improve the efficiency of its models.”

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.