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Reducing carbon dioxide emissions and saving costs through IT Power Management

Large organisations can make HUGE savings in reducing the IT energy wasted.

Ideally, all organisations should have policies in place which state a PC should be turned off or put into a low power mode when not in use. Practically, this does not always happen though. This can be addressed through effective communication and marketing though.

As mentioned in earlier blog posts, IT is an enabler to other organisations in reducing costs, reducing energy usage and reducing carbon emissions.

Electricity prices are rising and organisations are generally looking for cost saving measures. It is therefore best to apply PC power management settings.

However, it seems (as I’ve been told many times!), setting an individual’s own PC’s power management to sleep/standby (depending on the machines operating system) or hibernate mode appears to confuse some users and is not as user friendly.

There are a number of software products that can:-

  • automatically power down PCs
  • close down applications
  • encourage user engagement
  • measure energy consumption
  • provide reporting
  • save open documents

Some provide more accurate measurement and auditable reporting, as is required for the UK’s Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) Energy Efficiency Scheme.

There are a number of companies globally who have saved costs and reduced their energy usage and carbon footprint through IT power management tools.

Bearing in mind, it’s not just overnight when PCs and monitors should be turned off or put into lower power mode – lunch breaks, time spent in meetings or away from the desk collectively in an organisation can be quite considerable!

There is often a need for some PCs to be left on though, to support particular critical business processes.

    • Are maintenance and upgrades provided free?
    • Can PCs be switched on automatically as well?
    • Does it run on client/server or is it web-based?
    • How would you know which PC Power Management product fits the needs of your business and is the most cost effective?
    • Is it pricing per device?
    • What are the features?
    • What are the set up costs?

Author: Tripta Prashar
Company: Giving Time and Solutions Ltd
Company website: http://givingtimeandsolutions.com
Professional profile: http://linkedin.com/in/triptaprashar
Date created: 13 November 2010 4.00pm

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