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Problem: Your older-model computer sucks up electricity.
Solution: Energy-management software lets you put your computer on a schedule to reduce the amount of electricity it uses.
Verdiem, a Seattle-based company that makes energy-management computer software for businesses, recently released a consumer-grade version of its software called Edison. The free software lets you set your computer on working and non-working schedules. It also provides estimated savings reports that show how much carbon dioxide has been saved. It works on computers running Windows XP and Vista. (www.verdiem.com)
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The Environmental Protection Agency (www.energystar.gov) also has a free energy-management program called EZ Wizard for computers running Windows 2000 or Windows XP. Google Desktop users can download a free plug-in called Energy Saver that works on Windows XP and Vista, but to use it, you must first download Google Desktop at www.desktop.google.com/plugins.
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