Shut Down Your Computers – Save Green

I just read this interesting article about PC energy costs and what can be saved by simply shutting down your computer at the end of the work day.  Try treating your computer like the lights in your office, and shut it down when you leave for the day. Most people would consider leaving the lights on all night to be wasteful.  Why should your computer be treated differently?

PC power drain costing £300 million a year

Businesses could save around £25 on each and every desktop PC they own, simply by ensuring they are powered down at the end of the day.

The simple job of powering down a PC can reduce a machine’s energy use by 80%, and is one step being recommended after a study reported that UK organisations waste as much as £300m a year powering idle computers.

According to the 2009 PC Energy Report released today by 1E and the Alliance to Save Energy, only 27% of UK workers power down their computers at the end of the workday – although that number compares favourably to the situation in the US, where only 10% do so.

“Despite spiralling energy costs and the environment playing an increased role in the corporate agenda, much further action is required by both individuals and employers” the bodies behind the study said.

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