Schools Save with Energy Star Low Carbon IT Campaign

October 1, 2014

Education leaders and academic administrators at secondary schools, colleges, and universities nationwide have pledged to power manage more than two million computers by participating in the U.S. EPA’s ENERGY STAR Low Carbon IT Campaign. image0032That’s a potential savings of more than $40 million per school year.

What does $40 million in energy reduction look like? It’s equivalent to more than 60,000 trees planted and the prevention of 300,000 tons of annual carbon emissions.

With more than 680 academic institutions committing to Computer Power Management (CPM) – an easy way to put inactive computers and monitors into a low-power sleep mode – schools are saving up to $50 per computer annually. CPM is a very simple process that is leading to a significant pay-off and bring savings back into school systems in the process.

To learn more, Eco News Network asked the energy experts at Energy Star about the program and computer energy usage. Here’s what they had to say.

ENN: How do schools get involved in CPM?
Energy Star: If schools are interested in computer power management, they should go to the ENERGY STAR site at www.energystar.gov/lowcarbonit, devoted to computer power management and other ways to save energy through IT. Click on the link labelled “Put Your Computers to Sleep.” At that site you can:
· Check out tips for launching your computer power management initiative.
· Learn about the compelling business case for power management.
· Calculate your savings potential.
· Review our Frequently Asked Questions and Top Myths.
· Sign up for a 30 minute webinar.
· Contact the Energy Star technical experts for a free one-on-one consultation

ENN: How is Energy Star CPM tracking the results?
Energy Star: To qualify for free technical support and recognition, EPA asks that you fill out a computer power management pledge form. The pledge asks for basic information about your organization’s efforts to activate computer power management and allows EPA to track efforts.

ENN: Tell me more about computers and energy use? How do computers rank in comparison to other home appliances or systems?
Energy Star: A typical household computer uses about as much energy as a new flat screen TV. However, the focus of our CPM effort has been the large organizations, where heavily used computers can be set to go into low-power sleep modes, through network software tools, all at once.

ENN: What are some stats for people who didn’t think their computer used much energy?
Energy Star: Computers use about 4 percent of the electricity in the typical home. Source:http://buildingsdatabook.eren.doe.gov/TableView.aspx?table=2.3.6

ENN: Can corporations get involved in CPM or is there another program for them?
Energy Star: The Low Carbon IT computer power management effort is not limited to schools. In fact, there are many private corporations that have worked with EPA to activate power management. In fact, you can read CPM case studies for FedEx, Verizon, and GlaxoSmithKline.

ENN: How can the average person save energy at home with CPM or in general?
Energy Star: For organizations looking to power manage their computers, EPA offers technical advice to use network software to activate sleep settings organization wide quickly and easily. At home, anyone can activate sleep settings on their computer through a few mouse clicks. For instructions for different Screen Shot 2014-09-24 at 8.35.34 AMoperating systems visit www.energystar.gov/sleepinstructions.

Click here for more information about the ENERGY STAR Low Carbon IT Campaign.

 

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