First, we had to find out the actual wattage draws of these electronics, both when active and when they were in sleep/standby mode. Then we based our Kilowatt-hours estimates on 8 hours of "on" time and 16 hours of standby (except for the router and modem numbers, which, since they are always on, are based on a 24-hour draw at peak power).
So, after extensive research, averaging, estimating, and number-crunching, we had our answers:
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Really, any of these are a mere drop in the bucket, considering that the average person wastes 20 tons of CO2 per year. However, if Green Guilt has you in its grasp, you'll want to offset as much of these emissions as you can. And there's a unique, controversial way to do it: Carbon Credits.
How Carbon Credits works is simple: you pay a foundation or company money. They then invest your money into renewable resources and industries (wind-power, solar power, planting trees, etc). Based on your donation, you're allowed to shed the guilt of your daily CO2 output.
The following Carbon Credit companies are willing to take your cash in such a way. Because we're dealnews, and we're always looking to save money, we've included what each of them charge per 1 ton of CO2 offset.
1-Ton of CO
Please note that some of these offsetters sell blocks of credits, and you may not be able to buy "singles" of offset credit. So, though your best bet may be e-bluehorizons.com, they only sell credits in blocks, so you're really looking to spend $50 on 10 credits ... well, that's okay, it just means you're allowed to feel less guilty about that Hummer you bought.
Jeff Somogyi is dealnews' Media Editor.