In case you missed it, Climate Savers and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently held a cyber-seminar focused on quantifying the savings that could be associated with various power management programs. Could be a good refresher course, especially as the dog days of August loom and people crank up the air-conditioning.
Data shared during the session included the following:
- Energy costs account for about 10 percent of a typical IT budget. For some more color, I just got off a call where it was suggested to me that energy accounts for about 30 percent of an organization's operational costs.
- Adjusting enterprise computer power consumption -- we're talking desktops not just servers -- can have a profound impact on peak utility consumption. Usually, this is about 26 percent of a company's electricity use in a given office building.
- A company managing about 1,000 computers per year could save up to $40,000 in electricity costs by addressing wasted consumption.