by Kelly Batke
A PC power management system is a cost-effective way to reduce your school district’s power bill and energy consumption. A successful PC power management software solution can deliver a full ROI in as little as four months — even less if you qualify for a government rebate. Districts can save hundreds of thousands of dollars annually.
Schools are being mandated to adopt a green IT approach. Educational facilities have a serious responsibility to set an example and help create a greener, cleaner future. Poor PC energy management is not just a waste of energy, but it’s a waste of money.
- 1. Determine Your Current PC Energy Consumption
Verify how many computers you have and when they are on. This will provide a baseline measure of the energy consumed, which makes it easy to determine your potential savings.
- 2. Understand the Myths Behind PC Power Management
Responsible computer energy consumption doesn’t require purchasing new hardware. Today’s power management solutions deliver better energy conservation results than those gained through new machines alone.
- 3. Look Beyond Group Policy Options
Many traditional methods, such as Group Policy, aren’t granular enough and don’t include reporting features. Consider a solution with a centralized management console to provide an at-a-glance update of your progress, energy savings and investment payback.
- 4. Inquire About Local Rebates
Power companies across North America are offering significant rebates to organizations and individuals that implement recognized software solutions to reduce power consumption. Ask your local utility provider for more information on Power Save rebates available in your area.