Green Your iPod: How to Reduce Your iPod's Energy Use

| 8/31/2009 12:54:07 PM

In more than three years I’ve gone through four iPods. I’m cringing a little as I type that. The first to go was my light pink iPod Mini, which I stopped using it when it was discontinued. Then I bought a bright red iPod Nano (the first version.) When I purchased my MacBook, I got a free iPod Touch. Now on top of all my iPod-extravaganza, I have an iPhone. Now except for the iPhone and occasionally the Nano, my iPods sit in a shoebox under my bed, completely usable, but never used.  I feel very electronically wasteful, but that’s nothing compared to the energy I’ve consumed charging all of these gadgets. Try these tips to keep your iPod energy use down—and get some extra jammin’ time.

Save energy when using your iPod with these tips. Photo By Gum/Courtesy Flickr 

1) Keep an eye on it while it’s charging.

Even if the iPod is fully charged, electricity can still flow if it’s plugged in. To save energy, unplug it immediately once the battery reaches its max.

2) Lower the lighting.

Make your iPod last longer by lowering the light setting. For iPod Nanos, turn the light setting completely off. On classic iPods or iPod Touch, set the light to 50 percent.