Optimizing your laptop will give you more flexibility in travel and make your time more productive, says Kevin H. Bowers, vice president of business development at HP, Inc. and an expert in energy efficiency.
For instance, he says, your laptop can be turned off at home to conserve energy, but if you need an office chair to go with it, you’ll need to find a place that doesn’t have one.
You can do that by choosing a laptop that doesn “want” to charge or use a lot of power.
Bower also points out that many laptops have built-in fans to reduce heat, and you should always be aware of how your laptop is configured.
And, he adds, “There are a lot more things you can do to optimize your laptop, from adjusting the fan speed to installing a cooling system.”
In short, your energy efficiency will go up and your work productivity will go down, Bowers says.
In fact, your overall work productivity is likely to go up with your energy savings, he notes.
“You’re basically going to save more in your overall energy use when you are doing the work in the office than you would if you’re doing the same work at home,” Bowers said.
“And you are going to see a more effective use of your time.”
For a start, you can lower your overall consumption of electricity, which means that you can save energy.
This means you’ll also be able to save money on your heating bills, and on your utility bills, which are typically higher when you use the Internet.
Bools points out, “The more efficient you are in your use of electricity and the more energy efficient you have in your home, the more money you can earn from saving energy and the lower the electricity bill will be.”
Bowers recommends that you also look for a power adapter to power your laptop.
“If you have a power cord, you will be saving money,” he said.
You don’t need to buy a new laptop to get a boost in energy and productivity, but you should think twice about using a power plug, Bower says.
“That’s the big one,” he adds.
“Don’t buy a power supply if you can’t afford to pay a little extra for it.
If you have to, buy an adapter that is designed for laptops and then get the power from the wall.”
If you are not comfortable with plugging in your laptop’s USB ports, you should also consider an external power supply, such as one that uses batteries, Bools says.
Bols says that a good laptop power adapter will work well with a variety of computers, including Apple computers, Microsoft Windows PCs, and Chromebooks.
If your laptop has a built-into fan, you may need to remove the fan to find the one that fits your needs.
Bolls recommends a power strip for laptops.
“Plug in a USB power strip and you’ll have a much cleaner system,” he says.
If a laptop’s fan is a problem, you might need to install an air conditioning unit, Bols suggests.
You’ll also want to keep in mind that you should not plug your laptop into the wall during the day or in the evening, Bolls says.
That may limit your energy usage.
In short: You need to plan your energy use carefully.
“We all know that our time is limited, and that’s true for most people,” he points out.
“But I think the key to getting the most out of your work is knowing what you can and can’t do to increase your energy consumption and reduce your carbon footprint.”
The good news, he continues, is that you’ll probably not have to make a big sacrifice in order to keep a laptop powered up.
You will be able more easily switch between the power sources you need.
“It’s kind of a natural progression of what people are doing now,” he notes, “and how we consume electricity.”
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