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The question seems to be asking only about the environmental impact of the cartridges, so I probably shouldn't talk about how a laser printers use 100 times more power while they are printing, but allow me just to say that for the whole life cycle the most significant stage for both types is paper usage, followed by the manufacturing of the product and ...


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Here's a back-of-the-envelope calculation: This page describes the architecture of the Stack Exchange network. It consists of: 9 web servers 4 sql servers 2 redis servers 3 tag servers 3 elasticsearch servers 2 haproxy servers So that's 23 servers in total. Not all servers are equal, but since we do not have exact energy consumption figures we will use an ...


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Always try to buy hardware, that is easy to repair and upgrade. This will save you from throwing it away to buy another one, when it breaks, starts to overheat due to dust in the fan or needs more memory, new hard drive etc. IFixit has a ranking of "repairability", that is really useful.


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Inkjets are the Hummer of printers If you care about the environment, give that inkjet printer to the next person you can find for whom your gift/sale will prevent them from buying a new inkjet. Inkjet printers are planet-hateful products. They are built to be cheap, frequently replaced, throwaway items. Further, a huge amount of engineering goes into ...


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Easy. If the software product is used by few, the environmental impact comes from your development and testing machines. Use low-power machines, as few as them as possible. Don't over-invest into high-end build servers, although if there are many developers, a single shared powerful server may be justified. The power consumption of these computers can be ...


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Nowadays manufacturers all provide roughly the same numbers when it comes to power consumption of their monitors in "stand-by", "active off", "power saving mode" or whatever they call it. It's below 0.5 Watt or sometimes below 0.3 Watt. So assuming people turn off their computer and the monitor automatically switches to such a mode, then in theory you could ...


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The most sustainable hosting choice would use 100% renewable energy energy-efficient servers properly recycle servers at the end of their life You could host yourself at home and use electricity generated by your own solar panels for example. The advantage is that you have control over where the electricity is coming from, what servers you buy and how they ...


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