4 Ways to Reduce IT Energy Costs

4 Ways to Reduce IT Energy Costs for Your Sacramento Business

While the importance of technology in today’s industries is at an all-time high, many companies are more cost-conscious than they have ever been.  From water to electricity, California has one of the highest utility rates in the nation.  With the recent drought in Sacramento and across the state, most companies have done their best to be more efficient with their water use.  Yet, most don’t think to look to address another significant expense – energy!

With most IT environments requiring computers to be on 24/7, a drain on the IT budget is continuing when offices are empty at night and at weekends. According to energy.gov, the average Desktop uses 75 w/hr while the average monitor uses 42 w/hr.  For a company with 200 Desktops, making it a priority to turn off desktops and monitors every night and over the weekends would save at least $8000.  There are a host of other ways to reduce the energy costs:

  • Replace Desktops with laptops

While desktops use 75w/hr, laptops only use 25w/hr on average.  Laptops are also far less likely to be plugged in 24/7, allowing for less time on the grid and more cost savings.  In addition, with the digitization of the work place, there are many pros to providing employees with laptops.  For example, employees can take notes in meetings directly on their laptops instead of needing to duplicate effort by recording notes in a notebook to be later transferred to a computer.

  • Invest in LCD Monitors

Compared to LCD monitors, old CRT monitors use two to three times as much energy.

If the majority of your monitors are CRT, an investment in LCD will provide significant savings on your energy bill and the investment would be repaid in only a few years.

  • Use power boards with on/off switches to install monitors and other computer peripherals

Half the battle of turning off devices regularly is getting past the manual effort necessary to turn off each machine.  If all monitors in a workstation pod were put on a labeled switch for example, turning them off would be as simple as flipping a switch on the way out of the office.  For the more complicated shut down process of a computer, there is software available that allows for computers to be turned off based on a set schedule!  The right combination of power boards and software will make it hassle free to incorporate turning off monitors and computer peripherals into the daily schedule.

Servers account for a significant cost of the IT budget.  Besides the energy cost of keeping a server running 24/7, servers require adequate cooling systems, also running 24/7.  These operational costs make operating an in-house server very expensive.  The average direct cost for an on-site configuration would be $1,476.31 a month.  In contrast, the monthly cost for a cloud server with the same configuration is $313.90.  Add in the in-direct costs such as salary costs to maintain an in-house server as well as the losses incurred by the lower server downtime expected of in-house servers vs cloud servers and the cost savings of migrating to cloud servers can be well north of $20,000/year.

Our dedicated consultants help your organization achieve higher levels of performance by analyzing and improving IT processes, procedures and the IT Infrastructure. Whether you are trying to reduce cost or increase staff productivity, our consultants can help find areas of improvement and develop project plans to take your IT state to the next level.  Helping you become more energy efficient might just be their first step!