Below are some tips and other information for making the most of IT equipment, in an energy efficient way, which benefits both CQUniversity and the environment.
Printing & Photocopying
The CQUniversity Library has mobile phone collection boxes available at Bundaberg, Mackay and Gladstone campuses. You can also send mobile phones to Planet Ark with the free post packs available from the Post Office at Rockhampton campus.
The Post Office and Bookshop located on Rockhampton campus have a collection box.
Please contact the ITD Service Centre (firstname.lastname@example.org) to arrange for the disposal of IT equipment.
To dispose of any dry cell batteries, a purple bin is available from the CQUniversity NTEU Office at the Commercial Centre (building 65) on Rockhampton Campus.
The small surge of power used when starting a computer is still much smaller than the amount required to keep the computer running for lengthy periods.
Current computers are now designed to handle 40,000 shutdown and restart cycles before a failure. That is equivalent to 30 shutdown/ restart cycles for each working day over five years.
At a minimum, screen savers will use 42 watts; and those with 3D graphics can use as much as 114.5 watts. Only sleep mode saves energy on monitors.
Alternatively users can also turn their computer off.
There is no issue with turning off or power managing computers and printers connected to a network. For technical assistance please contact the ITD Service Centre email@example.com.
Using a black background (i.e. Blacked www.blackle.com) may save energy on an old CRT monitor; but the majority of new LCD monitors actually use less power when displaying a white screen due to the different technology.
Overall the amount of energy saved when using Blackle is limited when compared with turning off a computer overnight.