How to reduce the energy consumption of your business computers

A look at your energy consumption

If you take a look around your work place you are bound to have any number of computers and other IT related equipment in use. IT equipment takes resources and energy to create, run and dispose of and therefore each piece of hardware you use carries an impact on the environment. There is little we can do to influence the creation of IT equipment but there are things we can do that affect the day to day use of IT and its eventual disposal.

Computer power consumption

Of course computer equipment consumes electricity. Most people will start up their computer in the morning and only switch it off at night, leaving it on all day, often wasting power. An obvious solution would be to power down your PC when you go out for lunch and certainly when you leave the office at night. Yes, it may take a while for the PC to boot up in the morning but think of the energy saved.

Modern operating systems have a feature so that if a PC is left idle for a pre-determined time it will automatically enter standby mode switching off the monitor and hard disk, effectively sending the PC to sleep. A few minutes taken to set this up on each PC can start to save money from day one. The benefit of using standby mode is that the PC will restart a lot quicker than from “cold”, but remember it will still be consuming some power, so turning it off completely is always better when possible.

Remember that other peripherals such as printers and external hard drives consume power. Turning these off, especially at night when they are not needed, will also help you save money and the environment.

Source: Environmentally friendly IT

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