A report suggests that shutting down computers when they are not in use has cost and energy saving benefits.
Wired PR News – A new report suggests that powered on unused computers cost companies billions every year. As reported by USA Today, companies in the U.S. are said to use $2.8 billion in wasted power annually as a result of not shutting down computers overnight, when they are not in use.
As noted by the USA Today report, an estimated 54 million personal computers used in offices are left turned on at night according to the 2009 PC Energy Report. This factor is said to have negative consequences for the environment in addition to substantially increasing company costs.
Sumir Karayi, CEO of 1E, is quoted as commenting on the reasons some companies leave their PCs on overnight, “Workers do not feel responsible for electricity bills at work, and some companies insist PCs remain on at night so they can be patched with software updates.” Karayi’s company reportedly manages 50,000 computers worldwide, but saves $1.8 million yearly with the use of 1E software.
The complete 2009 PC Energy Report will be released Wednesday.
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