Software utility developer Faronics has updated the Windows version of its Power Save power management product with a new audit capability and features that make it easier to control an operating system's native power settings.
The audit feature in Power Save 3.0, which is priced at roughly $14.40 per workstation for corporate users or half that amount if you're an education account, lets you choose a system to keep tabs on and keep track of how much money you MIGHT have saved in electricity if you applied some power management policies. Basically, it lets you figure out what the return on investment might be and lets you create measurement and verification reports just to double check your assumptions.
The updated software includes Core Console, a way of centralizing management of client power profiles over a network. For this specific upgrade, Core Console enables you to fiddle with the native Windows power management features, just in case it makes more sense to override them than leave them turned on at the default level. It also supports phase deployments because software can be installed in the audit state, which means it won't fully deploy until the user is done with a particular task.
You can download an evaluation version of Power Save for either Mac or Windows desktops here. The company is recognized as part of many rebate programs by electric utilities that recognize company proactivity when it comes to power management.