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Shut Down Your PC and Save $$$

March 31, 2009

I spent the first decade of my life during the energy crisis of the 1970s. I still remember the little signs that were placed by each light switch in my elementary school, reminding all of us about the importance of conserving energy by turning off the lights when leaving the room.

That constant energy conservation message during my formative years ensures that, to this day, I leave the lights off in rooms we’re not using. (The fact that I’m naturally a bit tight-fisted helps out, too.) It’s quite common for us to have only one or two lights burning in the house each evening. I also switch off the TV, radio/stereo and my home computer when I’m not using them. It actually drives me a little crazy if/when I forget and leave them on.

You can see how it would simply not occur to me to leave my work computer running overnight. So it was with not a small amount of surprise that I came across an article detailing how U.S. companies could save close to $3 billion each year if their employees powered down their computers overnight. According to the report cited in the article, “for an organization with 1000 PCs, this amounts to approximately $26,000 per year.”

Forget about the CO2 savings, which are significant and can help your company’s sustainability focus/message. Forget that it’s actually good for your computer to restart regularly. Even without those added benefits, this is a no-brainer.

Sure, it might take a few minutes to boot your computer up every morning. But for ongoing cost savings of that magnitude, it’s certainly time well spent.

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