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.