Don’t allow the purchase of wireless peripherals for desktop computers. Wireless mice, keyboards, and other devices are not necessary for desktop computers. They have a higher purchase price than traditional devices with wires, and they have higher operating costs because their batteries must be constantly replaced.
Everyone in my office is issued a laptop that includes a DVD/CD-ROM and an 80 GB hard drive. DVD/CD-ROMs are rarely used, and the 80 GB capacity is much more than is necessary, especially since most of our files are available through shared drives.
A significant amount of money could be saved if, instead of these... more »
I recommend installing hardware or software that allows the user to determine the time of day their computers would automatically shutdown and restart. Too often I see computers around our office that have been left on overnight and through the weekends. This has the potential to save over 66% in computer energy use (16 hours a day off, plus weekends).
Contract with Dell costs the government $1,000+ per year for a $400 computer and $100 worth of software. This is a huge amount of waste.
Computers should last longer than 3 or 4 years. Unless you are using a computer for anything other than MS Office, Internet, or email, your computer should last longer than the warranty dates. Only replace when necessary.