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Shut that PC off!

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Believe it or not, about one-half of U.S. employees who use a personal computer at work don’t shut down their computers at day’s end, wasting nearly $3 billion every year powering 108 million unused PCs.
This is according to the 2009 PC Energy Report, commissioned by 1E and the Alliance to Save Energy. The study, done by Harris Interactive says that a company with 10,000 PCs could save more than $165,000 a year in energy costs by powering down their computers each night.
In the U.S. that tab comes to $1.7 billion and about 15 million tons of CO2 emissions.
Data collected between September and October 2008 revealed that more than one-third of employees in the U.K. (38 percent), 32 percent of U.S. employees and 17 percent of German employees who use a PC at work said they either have no idea what power scheme settings are, or how to change the power settings on their PCs.
We’ve probably all worked for companies – you know who you are – that as a matter of policy don’t want employers to turn off their PCs or workstation units.
Hasn’t anyone heard of the hibernate function?


Written by William DiBenedetto

27 March, 2009 at 9:36 am

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