Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Do you believe in Vampires?

Considering the time of year I thought the title of this post was most appropriate. True the Halloween celebrations are now recent history but considering the focus of today my sarcastic sense of humor thinks that it still has some relevance.

However, on to the topic. Are you aware that according to the Department of Energy “vampire energy loss” represents between 5% to 8% of a single families home per year. There could be 20+ devices in the average single family home that continue to wastefully suck standby power even though they are switched off. If it has a remote it continues to consume power even when switched off. Hence the vampire analogy.

The work environment is no better. Consider the number of workstations that are powered on but left idle and consider the number of these workstations that are left on overnight. This is why ⅔’s of the power usage of a computer is wasted. For those of you who are still sensitive to CO₂generation a point to remember is that 15 typical workstations generate the same amount of CO₂as a mid-size car. I have read some opinions recently that minimize the value of powering down workstations overnight by suggesting that the time wasted by employees waiting for their workstations to power up outweighs the cost savings of switching unused equipment off. These commentators are making employee assumptions that I believe are not realistic; how many folks who arrive at the office sit down and immediately start pounding the keyboard. Most folks I observe have a morning ritual that creates more than sufficient time to fire up a dedicated workstation or in today’s virtual world a virtual desktop.

For those interested in digging a little deeper on the subject of common sense tactics to eliminate e-waste, APC (Schneider Electric) published an e-book titled “Go Green, Save Green”. This easy to read document not only talks to this phenomena but tackles a number of green issues and offers some common sense suggestions to eliminate the more obvious e-waste. Worth a read.

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