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How Can 'Power IT Down Day' Help Your Company Save Money?

Published by Jason Koffler on 30 August 2010

It’s the third annual Power IT Down Day, a global effort to get workers to turn off their computers, monitors, printers and other peripherals before they go home. The amount of energy wasted every night from applicanes left on can be staggering and althoughit may be a small action to take, the rewards are potentially huge for the organisation and the environment. Critical Power Supplies is positive that as more carbon taxes come into force, we will all be hearing alot more about powering down.

Previous when we spoke about shutting down applicanes via the Critical Power Supplies Twitter feed we only mentioned chargers, printers and DC power blocks. However, shutting down appliances brings many benefits; 1) it’s one of the easiest things companies can do to save energy and money, and 2) it’s also one of the least common actions companies think to take.

So Power IT Down is trying to make a one-day event into a long-term habit. Already, nearly 17,000 people have signed up to participate — which is as easy as turning off your computer when you leave work today.

The event is held in August to highlight how summer heatwaves boost demand for electricity, and turning computers off before leaving work can lighten the load on the electrical grid. “Power IT Down Day 2009 saved about 73,000 kWh in a single night — enough energy to power the homes of 77 U.S. families for an entire month,” reads an FAQ on the group’s website. “This year, because Power IT Down Day falls on a Friday, we have the opportunity to dramatically increase the energy saved by the simple, individual act of powering down at the end of the day and before the weekend.”

Going one step beyond the individual action behind Power IT Down Day, companies are installing PC power management software, a simple solution that the IT department can set up to make sure computers are on when they’re needed, and off or idle when they’re not.

Firms that have put one of the many, many power management programs to work are and seeing big savings as a result. Among the results we’ve previously reported:

- AT&T saves more than $13 million a year
- Verizon: $5 million per year
- Ford: $1.2 million a year
- The General Services Administration: $750,000 a year
- Texas Southern University: $225,000 a year
- King County, Wash.: $140,000 a year.

Savings are easy to achieve, and nearly instant in their payback. Start to switch off unwanted electrical equipment as soon as you can, you will be surprised how it adds up to huge saving and before long you’ll have noticed whats critical and legeacy to your business.

Critical Power Supplies Tip – Don’t forget that a number of software and hardware solutions already exist for automatically starting and shutting down different types of load depending on your requirements. Why not contact us for more information.