Sometimes it is fun to see how you’re actually helping the environment, and the free Snap CO2 Saver will give you the info you want to know. It reminds me a lot of the Local Cooling program we previously wrote about, but it is a little more sleek and useful.
The program has two different modes, one that is compact and one that is fully extended. The compact mode only shows how much CO2 has been saved by you, and by all of the CO2 Saver users. If you expand it out you’ll get a search box, which can be customized to a search engine of your choice (there’s a handful to choose from).
When you head on over to the options the first thing you’ll want to do is adjust how strict you want the settings to be:
- Mild – Turns off the screen after 30 minutes of inactivity, Turns off hard disks after 60 minutes. Computer does not enter standby mode or hibernation.
- Medium – Turns off the screen and hard disks after 60 minutes of inactivity. Enters standby mode after 2 hours. Saves about twice as much power as the Mild setting.
- Aggressive – Turns off screen and hard disks after 15 minutes of inactivity. Enters standby mode after 30 minutes. Power saving happens faster than in the medium setting.
- Custom – Change the values mentioned above to what you would like
Oddly enough this program comes to you from Snap, which is well known for showing small thumbnail previews of websites when hovering over a link. I originally thought that they might be using their own search page for the search box, but that’s actually not the case. You can choose their search engine from the list, but Google is the default.
This article was written in part for Blog Action Day.