'Green Screens' Public Awareness Campaign: Saving Energy with Screensavers

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Leading screensaver manufacturer iScreensaver.com launches their 'Green Screens' public awareness campaign in support of the EPA's 'ENERGY STAR Million Monitor Drive' Campaign. The goal is to reduce home and business computer energy use, saving more than $1 Billion per year. Although modern versions of Microsoft Windows and Mac OS include ENERGY STAR features, many users do not take advantage of them when using screensavers. The campaign educates and encourages energy saving habits with screensaver use. Details at http://iscreensaver.com/green/

In the midst of spiraling global energy prices, leading screensaver manufacturer iScreensaver.com launches their 'Green Screens' public awareness campaign to encourage energy-saving habits in the use of computer screen savers. As a member of the ENERGY STAR® Million Monitor Drive, iScreensaver.com encourages all computer users to utilize ENERGY STAR settings (also called 'Energy Saver', 'Power Management', or 'Power Options') on personal and work computers to reduce electricity use while idle. Savings of up to $100 per computer per year can be obtained. Step-by-step illustrated instructions for all version of Microsoft Windows and Mac OS are provided on this website: http://iscreensaver.com/green/

The 'Flying Toasters' screensaver of Berkeley Systems is a familiar cultural icon to most computer users. But few remember that the animation, while mesmerizing, served a purpose. The 'Screen Saver', as the name suggests, was originally developed to prevent colors from 'burning in' on CRT displays by presenting a constantly moving image. Although improvements in display technologies have largely eliminated the issue of 'burn in', screensavers now provide other features (such as password-protection) and have developed into a unique medium for art, communication, and advertising.

Unfortunately, on many computers, screensavers are set to run 24 hours a day. This wastes electricity, burns fossil fuels, causes increased pollution, and increases wear on the computer's moving parts.

"ENERGY STAR solves this problem. Nowadays, you can enjoy the 'eye candy' of a screensaver, and save energy, by using the built-in energy-saving features of your computer," says Brett Spivey, iScreensaver.com's Creative Director.

Michael Diehr, iScreensaver.com's Software Architect, explains: "Go ahead and use a screensaver. Just remember to turn on your computer's ENERGY STAR features. Once set, the ENERGY STAR feature will automatically put the video display, hard disk(s) and computer to 'sleep' (a low-power mode) after a specified period of inactivity. This prevents the screensaver and monitor from staying on 24 hours a day. Studies have found that when a computer is inactive for more than 60 minutes, typically no one is looking at the screen."

Step-by-step illustrated instructions for all versions of Microsoft Windows and Mac OS are provided on this website: http://iscreensaver.com/green/

About iScreensaver.com:

Xochi Media Inc. has been creating custom screensavers and digital video for both Macintosh and Windows platforms since 1993, and in 1995 became Berkeley Systems' prime contractor for corporate screensavers using their world-famous After Dark software engine.

Currently, iScreensaver Designer is the world's only cross-platform screensaver editor, allowing both amateurs and experts to create professional-quality screensavers for Windows and Macintosh operating systems.

iScreensaver Designer is a two-time winner of the REALbasic Design Award:

First Prize, 2000: Best Utility.

Honorable Mention, 2004: Best Cross Platform.

For more information, visit our website: http://iscreensaver.com/

Xochi Media Inc. is a proud member of the ENERGY STAR Million Monitor Drive, a national ENERGY STAR campaign that has addressed monitor power management on 1 million monitors nationwide last year. Businesses (Pitney Bowes, Cisco Systems), institutions of higher education (Harvard University, Penn State), and governments (Loudoun County, Westchester County) have all joined the Million Monitor Drive. The Million Monitor Drive is projected to save 215 million kWh per year.


ENERGY STAR is a government-backed program helping businesses and individuals protect the environment through superior energy efficiency.

For more information, visit their website: http://www.energystar.gov/

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