Saving Energy with IT

28 February 2017

Saving Energy with IT

There are two ways you can save energy with IT. The first is to use your existing IT in a smarter way, utilising the features you already have and ensuring equipment is only running when it absolutely has to. The second way of saving energy with IT is to use new technology.

Here are some of the most effective ways that IT can help cut your energy bills.

Use Hibernation Features

Sometimes computers are not switched off simply because the user forgets to do so. There are, however, other reasons why staff may be reluctant to switch off their machines. In particular, people prefer not to completely switch off their computers because they take a long time to restart again, or because they don’t want to lose their place on a project or task.

The solution is to use hibernation features. This essentially turns the computer or laptop off so it’s not using power, but it doesn’t go through a complete shutdown process. It, therefore, gets going again quickly, plus you can start exactly where you left off–all the programs and website pages that were open before will still be open.

Optimise Energy Saving Features

Computers, laptops, and other IT equipment usually have energy saving features. These features often offer a number of tools that let you control how energy is used. Among the most important is what the device should do when it is not in use.

This is a good starting point–make sure all computers, laptops, and anything else with an energy saving feature is set to hibernate after the shortest period of time suitable to your business. In addition, make sure you don’t have devices set to stay on and run a screensaver as they will continue to use power.

Operate a Digital Document Policy

Printing requires energy (i.e., the printer must wake from hibernation and then run until the document is printed), plus it uses paper. A digital document policy ensures that you only print documents in your business when it is necessary, while keeping everything else in digital form.

Use Timers to Switch Off Computers and Peripherals When they are Not Needed

You can tell people to remember to switch off computers and screens when they leave for the day, but they invariably forget. Timers are the solution. A timer will switch off the device at a pre-set time–i.e., when you know nobody is working.

Unplug Chargers that are Not in Use

Chargers that are plugged into the socket on the wall but are not charging may still be draining power. It is best to unplug them.

Clean Equipment Regularly

Dust inside the cases of computers and other devices reduces air flow and causes the devices to overheat. This results in internal cooling fans running more often than normal to lower the temperature of the device. To mitigate this, make sure your IT department regularly cleans the dust from computers.

Finally, you should also explore the possibility of using fewer physical computers and other devices. This is possible with cloud technology. When you have fewer computers on-site, you’ll use less energy.

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