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What can gamers do to reduce their own ecological footprint (and save money)?

Manufacturing PCs has a very significant impact on greenhouse gas emissions. A computer requires an enormous amount of raw materials, many of which are in short supply. The manufacturing process generates a lot of waste, including toxic elements of concern.

Nevertheless, the lifespan of PCs has decreased by a factor of 3 over the last 30 years. Given the circumstances, the least environmentally harmful computer is the one that is not manufactured at all!

When buying a PC, the following criteria can be applied to extend the overall life-span:

  • Pay attention to the reparability index - if there is one
  • Avoid products with planned obsolescence
  • Pay attention to the upgradeability of PCs or components

This saves money and reduces the impact on the environment.

Beyond the PC, the choice of screen is crucial. The PC screen accounts for at least 50% of the environmental impact (the larger the screen, the greater the impact).

Another way to save is to buy used and/or refurbished hardware. These are often sold with a guarantee.

Old devices should not be thrown away, but rather handed over or sold to companies that specialise in recycling computers and PC components. Gamesplanet hands over some of its hardware to EcoMicro and these components/PCs get recycled.

The right choice of components

PCs consume a certain amount of electricity during operation and thus generate heat. This heat must be dissipated: the more energy a component requires, the warmer it gets. The heat dissipated is measured by the TDP value (Thermal Design Power), which is stated in watts.

It's therefore advisable to consider the TDP value in addition to the pure performance of a component. It's not uncommon for components with very similar performance to have considerable differences in TDP, which can drive up operating costs.

The choice of the power supply unit is also important: considerable energy savings are possible if power supply units with higher efficiency are used.

Reduce power consumption and save money

Use power management software: PCs often have software that analyses and minimises energy consumption.

Switch off devices when not in use: Multiple plugs with an on/off switch or programmable power plugs that completely cut off the power can help.

Reduce the brightness of the monitor: The brighter the screen, the higher the power consumption. If the ambient light does not require it, lower the brightness of your screen. You're doing good for your eyes and your wallet.

We're open to further tips and tricks for reducing power consumption. Send us your suggestions to: [email protected].