Monday AM August 31st, 2009

Industry and government are campaigning to encourage the powering-down of computers to save energy. Ed Mayberry reports.

computer powerMicrosoft, Citrix, Intel and HP are joining government efforts to encourage workers to power down their computers, monitors, and printers at the end of the day.  HP's John Frey says that extends to a tool on HP's Web site that tracks the number of people signing on to the idea of powering down, as well as the kilowatt hours that will be saved as a result.

"And that's both a monetary savings and a carbon emission savings for the planet and for the United States, because this initiative is really a U.S.-focused initiative at this point.  So Microsoft, Citrix, HP are coming together--and Intel, as well--to encourage both federal government employees and general employees in other businesses to turn off their IT equipment."

People in IT were once told not to power down at the end of the day because businesses often loaded software updates at night, and that's affected how people think.

"Much of that has come into the consumer market because of that.  In this day and age of IT equipment, they can power down that equipment with no adverse effect, and in fact, actually save a lot of energy as they do it.  Business equipment even has technology in it where IT staff can power it up remotely, push a software load, and power it back down.  Boot-up time is not as significant as it used to be.  There's not as great a need to leave that equipment on anymore, even from a user experience."

The Power to Change is an ongoing global initiative with people committing to shutting off IT equipment every night, resulting in energy and cost savings, as well as carbon emission reduction. 

Ed Mayberry, KUHF Houston Public Radio News.

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Ed Mayberry

Local Anchor, All Things Considered

Ed Mayberry has worked in radio since 1971, with many of those years spent on the rock 'n' roll disc jockey side of the business...