CUPERTINO, Calif. – April 7, 2009 – Spring is in the air and Earth Day is just around the corner, so thinking green can also mean saving green. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, proper management settings on a PC can save families up to $75 per computer per year on their electricity bill. And with more than one billion computers turned on worldwide, if everyone saves a little energy and produces a little less C02, the earth wins too.
“The PC has changed our lives in many good ways, but with the average home managing 2.3 computers, it’s also becoming a bigger drain on our resources,” said Lenny Alugas, vice president, Symantec Consumer Services and Support. “If consumers are looking for ways to make their homes more energy efficient and are interested in saving money at the same time, the PC is a good place to start.”
In honor of Earth Day, April 22, 2009, NortonLive PC help services from Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC), will be offering PC users a way to consume less, save more and spend less on its Green PC service. In less than 20 minutes, a NortonLive PC expert can turn an energy gobbling PC green by remotely connecting to the PC through the Internet to assess and optimize the computer’s power settings. This expert consultation includes a conversation with the PC owner about PC usage habits and needs, review of both the plugged-in and battery schemes, enabling hibernate mode to save energy and speed up re-start times, and configuring the PC power button behavior and customizing it to the user. At the end of the session, the PC owner receives a report card summarizing best practices and specific agent recommendations.
For Earth Day — and throughout the month of April — NortonLive’s Green PC Service is specially priced at $9.99 when combined with any other Norton product or NortonLive service, including the PC Tune-Up service, which not only can help a PC work more efficiently, but also can help extend the life of a PC. The Green PC service can also be purchased separately for $14.99 ($5 off the regular $19.99). To access this offer log on to GREEN PC SERVICE. (http://nortontoday.symantec.com/gogreen/)
Your PC & the Environment
- The estimated number of personal computers in the world reached one billion in 2008 and is expected to reach two billion by 2015; the average home has 2.3 computers
- Proper PC power management settings can save more than 600 KWh of electricity, which equates to nearly half a ton of C02 (more than lowering your home thermostat by two degrees Fahrenheit in the winter or replacing six standard light bulbs with compact fluorescents) according to Climatesaverscomputing.org
- 205 million PCs a year are disposed of worldwide
- On average, computers should last for 4-5 years, but many are disposed of prematurely due to slow performance issues – which can easily be resolved by maintaining it (like a car tune-up)
- 3 out of 10 consumers replaced their computer last year -- half of those because it was too slow
- 157.3 million — 82% — of consumers disposed of a desktop computer or monitor by throwing it in the trash; only 18% (48.2M) recycled
About NortonLive from Symantec
NortonLive is a portfolio of PC help services offering consumers a convenient, affordable and simple way to maintain, fix and extend the life of their PCs. NortonLive offers real PC help service from real people in real time – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – and our experts connect remotely via the Internet to the PC owner’s computer.
About Norton from Symantec
Symantec’s Norton products protect consumers from traditional threats with antivirus, anti-spam and spyware protection, as well as bots, drive-by downloads and identity theft-- while also being light on system resources. The company also provides services such as PC help from NortonLive and online backup, and is a trusted source for family online safety.
Symantec is a global leader in providing security, storage and systems management solutions to help consumers and organizations secure and manage their information-driven world. Our software and services protect against more risks at more points, more completely and efficiently, enabling confidence wherever information is used or stored. More information is available at www.symantec.com.
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