Green Toolkit: Energy Conservation: Computer Power Management

save-powerComputers are serious energy consumers, especially considering the amount of time they sit unused: while you are at a meeting, lunch, or even home for the evening. Many people assume that the screen savers indicate that the computer is in low power mode, but in fact there is little savings. Still others believe that turning the computer off and on uses more energy. Neither is true. In order to ensure that your systems are powered down correctly, take the following steps:

  • Monitors should be set to sleep after 10 minutes, and CPUs after 20 minutes
  • If you are a very large business with an IT manager dedicated to installing software through the network, consider network power management

There are rebates available through SCE for network-enabled computer power management.