Switching Off PCs At Night Could Save UK PLC £300 Million A Year

A document published shows that UK businesses could be losing up to £300 million a year in energy cost as computers are left on running at night.

The report published by the Alliance to Save Energy (ASE) and commissioned by PC power management software specialist 1E showed that up to 30 percent of workplace are left switched on overnight and during weekends, which increases the cost of corporate energy bills by up to £17 per PC per annum.

That is a marked improvement compared to previous energy report, like the one carried out by Harris Interactive in 2007 which showed that 50 percent of UK workers left their PCs on when not in use.

The same proportion of US firms actually do the same according to the ASE report, costing them an additional $2.8 billion a year.

In the UK, nearly 80 percent of UK workers used a PC for work purposes and the country has the largest portion of workers that said they switched off their machines when not at their desks for reasons linked to the environment.

Furthermore, since Gartner reckons that the IT and Telecom industry accounts for 2 percent of the world's carbon emission and PCs generate nearly two fifths of that, switching computers when not in use could decrease the amount of CO2 released in the atmosphere by half a percent.

According to the report, a UK PLC with 10,000 seats could save up to £168,000 a year and 828 tonnes of CO2 per year if computers are switched off rather than left running overnight.

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Our Comments

Switching off your computer is one way of saving electricity. Going for an energy friendly computer in the first place is another and there's nothing more energy than laptops, which is why giving up on your desktop for one of those little babies could easily save a company some serious money in the long run.

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