2/ Opt for LED screens with schedulers
Simple yet effective functions like Schedulers enable you to pre-set your displays to switch on/off whenever required, so they’re only operational when you need them.
3/ Try out screens with integrated motion sensors
With integrated motion sensors, digital signage displays will ensure optimal efficiency, only waking from their energy-saving sleep modes when they detect someone approaching the screen.
4/ Look out for LED signage with picture technologies
Other useful features include those that are designed to optimise the working life of your displays. Take the Pixel Shifting function as an example. To reduce the potential risk of image sticking when static content is being continuously displayed, it periodically and subtly shifts the on-screen image, without impacting the appearance of the picture.
5/ Check the eco-friendliness of your hardware partners’ packaging
Often overlooked, the hardware packaging used by your preferred hardware suppliers can make big differences to their overall carbon footprint.
When choosing a new hardware partner, it’s therefore always worth enquiring about how environmentally friendly their packaging is. Consider working with brands that source 100% recycled and recyclable packaging materials from FSC-certified suppliers – that is partners, which have earned a sustainability certification from the Forest Stewardship Council.
Covering more than 200 million hectares of forest, this pioneering certification system enables businesses and consumers to choose paper and other forest products made with materials that support responsible forestry.
Also, check if the brands you’d like to work with have started to make the switch to corrugated cardboard, which requires 3.5 times less energy to be produced than cushioning material, EPS.
6/ Look for LED screen providers that offer eco initiatives
Screen manufacturers are really starting to raise the bar for efficiency by introducing a number of services and programmes to help you go green. Some brands are, for example, making it easier for you to extend the lifespan of your digital signage screens by enabling you to repair or replace them in any market, regardless of the country they were purchased in.
As most components of your digital signage displays can be recycled, some brands are also offering attractive initiatives and incentives to help you recycle and trade in your LCD video wall displays and upgrade to their more efficient LED counterparts.
7/ Switch to enterprise media players
If you’re using a PC device to feed images, video or interactive content to your digital signage screens, then you might like to consider making the energy-saving switch to media players. Using a fraction of the energy consumption of most PCs, they’re much more eco-friendly and cost-effective to run.
Enterprise-grade commercial models maximise efficiency, offering longer lifetimes and reliable 24/7 operation. Look out for models that are designed to dissipate heat more efficiently.
8/ Check the energy efficiency ratings of your screen providers
Hardware brands are now starting to submit their products for energy efficiency ratings from many programmes.
In the US, look out for hardware brands that have applied for ENERGY STAR ® certification. ENERGY STAR® is the government-backed symbol for energy efficiency and is used to give end users and businesses unbiased information about the eco-friendliness of products.
There is also the EPEAT ecolabel, a leading global Type-1 ecolabel for technology products, which is managed by the Global Electronics Council (GEC).
In addition to this, one of the latest energy efficiency labels for digital signage is the Lower Carbon Label from the Carbon Trust, an organisation that helps businesses and governments around the world decarbonise and accelerate to Net Zero.