How to Reduce Carbon Footprint by applying Energy Recommendations in Windows 11

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This article describes steps one can take to reduce their carbon footprint by applying energy recommendations in Windows 11.

The most recent Windows builds (22621.885) still in development, have introduced energy recommendations to improve the energy efficiency of your PC and reduce your carbon footprint.

This feature is still in development and only available to computers enrolled in the Microsoft Insider Preview program. It may be released to all PCs in the near future.

Because much of our energy today is produced from the burning of fossil fuels, reducing the amount of energy we consume results in fewer carbon emissions. These recommended settings may help reduce your carbon impact on the planet from your device.

How to apply Microsoft recommended energy settings to reduce carbon emissions in Windows 11

As mentioned above, the most recent Windows builds (22621.885) still in development have introduced energy recommendations to improve the energy efficiency of your PC and reduce your carbon footprint.

Below is how to apply these recommendations in Windows 11

To do that, open the Windows Settings app.

Click on the Start menu button and select Settings. Or simply press the Windows key + I.

windows 11 new settings button
windows 11 new settings button

Within the Settings app, click the System button on the left as highlighted below.

windows 11 system tile
Windows 11 system tile

On the right, select the Power & battery tile to expand.

windows 11 power and battery tile
windows 11 power and battery tile

On the System -> Power & battery settings pane, click the Energy recommendations tile to expand.

windows 11 power and battery energy recommendations tile
Windows 11 power and battery energy recommendations tile

On the System -> Power & battery -> Energy recommendations settings pane, click the Apply all button to apply Microsoft’s energy recommendations for your device.

windows 11 power and battery energy recommendations apply button
windows 11 power and battery energy recommendations apply button

That should do it. You can now close the Settings app.

Reference:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/power-efficient-settings-in-windows-11-0d6a2b6b-2e87-4611-9980-ac9ea2175734

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to apply Windows energy recommendations to reduce your carbon footprint when using Windows 11. If you find any error above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.