October 25, 2014

This Year, Resolve to Lower Energy Bills with Automated PC Power Management

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We’re more than halfway through January, which means that probably 90% of all new year’sresolutions have been broken. Here’s one resolution that, even if you didn’t make, you should take seriously this year: adopting a PC power management solution.

As we’ve reported previously:

Surveys have consistently shown that over 75% of employees leave their work computers and monitors on every night. This results in a tremendous (truly shocking!) amount of wasted energy.

A blog post at GreenBiz.com puts a price tag on the practice – and it is astounding:

CIOs must ensure that they are making as many savings (in terms of cost, energy, CO2) from their estate of PCs. Automatically powering these down means that CIOs can expect savings of around $36 per PC per year. Failing to do so means potentially facing an even bigger challenge in the future.

Think about how many PCs are in your organization, then multiply by $36; that’s money you’re leaving on the table if you continue to ignore desktop power management. (Some organizations report far greater savings. More on that in a minute.)

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Windows-based PC Power Management Is Not Enough

In fact, out of the six predictions the GreenBiz.com blogger makes for green IT in 2012, two of them relate to PC energy savings. One makes the point that using the power schemes that come with the Windows OS isn’t sufficient:

There are hundreds of million PCs out there that consume vast amounts of energy. The challenge is compounded by the fact that, given the choice, almost half of end users turn off power-scheme-based sleep timers because they get in the way of their working day.

What’s more, when they are enabled, built-in power scheme sleep timers are only partially effective at saving energy and therefore cost. Many PCs do not go to sleep when they should (sleeplessness) and some wake up when they shouldn’t (spurious wakeups), with the result that only 20 percent of PCs using Windows sleep timers actually go to sleep and stay that way overnight and on weekends.

Anecdotally, based on our own experiences, we can tell you that Macs suffer the same issues with power settings that refuse to behave as they are told.

The solution is desktop energy management software that allows IT to manage energy settings for all machines from a central dashboard. IT can then program all PC and monitors to shut down when workers go home and wake up maybe 30 minutes before the work day starts.

The Chaffey Joint Union High School District in San Bernardino County, Calif., adopted an energy management system from Faronics to help it manage its 4,800 workstations. According to a case study published by Faronics:

Within one month CJUHSD saw a significant difference in their electric bills. The district reduced their PC energy consumption by over $350,000 in a year, which translated to over $70 per workstation.

That more than likely translates to a rapid ROI.

Marrying Mobility to PC Energy Management

Tools are also coming out that enable individual users to take control of their desktop machines from their mobile devices, according to GreenBiz.com:

Users can now wake up their PCs ‘on the move’. This enables a user to take control of their working day before it has even begun by accessing and waking up a PC from anywhere at any time. PCs can be woken up using smartphone devices such as Apple’s iPhone and RIM’s Blackberry. This eliminates the need for users to wait for PCs to boot up in the morning and gives them additional incentives to power down at night.

If you need help getting PC power management under control, and lowering your energy bills across your enterprise, contact Carousel – we’ll be glad to show you how to save power and money.

Comments

  1. Hello,
    Thank you for pushing the agenda on this topic! One of the easiest way to reduce IT’s footprint on the Environment is simply to reduce its electricity consumption! It sounds simple but most organisations still don’t do it!
    I’ve found 4 key steps to implementing this successfully and you’ll be reducing your energy bills and lower carbon emissions, with a return on investment of less than 8 months.
    - understand why businesses need to care
    - Step1: Why you should take the lead
    - Step2: Your Green Champions team
    - Step3: Defining key features of your PC power management plan and solution
    - Step4: Celebrate & Communicate your success!

    What results did you get from your PC Power management initiatives?

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