Leaving PCs on overnight costs firms billions a year

Posted on Sunday, Mar 29 2009 @ 19:26 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
One way companies can cut costs during this recession is by making sure all computers and electronic devices are turned off at night. According to a report by energy-management software company 1E, US firms are wasting $2.8 billion a year on power for unused computers. A large company with 10,000 PCs could save over $260,000 a year by shutting down PCs at night, just enough for a small bonus
About half of 108 million office PCs in the USA are not properly shut down at night, says the 2009 PC Energy Report, produced by 1E, an energy-management software company, and the non-profit Alliance to Save Energy. The report analyzed workplace PC power consumption in the USA, United Kingdom and Germany.

Wastefulness does not just affect a company's bottom line, it creates environmental concerns, the report says. If the world's 1 billion PCs were powered down just one night, it would save enough energy to light the Empire State Building — inside and out — for over 30 years, it says.

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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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