Powering Down

New research finds that 63 percent of workers in the U.S. feel their companies should be doing more to reduce their power consumption. A simple step? Power down PCs.

The PC Energy Report 2009 found that businesses in the U.S. are wasting $2.8 billion a year in energy costs by failing to turn off computers. According to the report, “If all the world’s 1 billion PCs were powered down just one night, it would save enough energy to light up New York City’s Empire State Building – inside and out – for more than 30 years.” Shutting down office computers during the evenings and weekends when they are not in use can save individual organizations thousands of dollars each year, while helping to minimize overall office energy use.

This weekend is a perfect time to start. Saturday, March 28th marks the third annual Earth Hour event – a global initiative organized by the World Wildlife Federation to raise awareness about climate change. At the time of this story, an impressive 2,848 cities, 21,014 businesses, 6,299 organizations and 8,742 schools within 84 countries signed up to participate by turning off their lights between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. local time on Saturday.

Take this symbolic act, which is designed to raise awareness, a step further to something that can have a sustained impact on your energy use and your bottom-line: encourage all employees to ensure their computers and monitors are turned off for the entire weekend. Earth Hour is an awareness builder, but only if it translates to true, ongoing action.


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