I’ve always been a proponent of leaving the computer on, as long as
there are power saving features, like sleep mode for desktop and
notebook computer. However, as I go through the streets of Manhattan I
often see business, especially the large businesses on street level,
leaving their computers on. Why? It waste so much energy – especially
the more computers you have.
USA Today writes About
half of 108 million office PCs in the USA are not properly shut down at
night, says the 2009 PC Energy Report, produced by 1E, an
energy-management software company, and the non-profit Alliance to Save
Energy. The report analyzed workplace PC power consumption in the USA,
United Kingdom and Germany.
There are two main benefits to leaving your computer on, all the time:
1. If you or your IT consultant needs to access it remotely, leaving
it on is best. Some advanced computers can be started and diagnosed
even when off, if things are set up correctly.
2. It saves some time, as turning on the computer, waiting for
Windows and having the 15 programs that load when you start your
computers finish cranking up can take 2 – 3 minutes or more.
It’s best to ensure that all your staff turn their monitors off at
night and just in case ensure they all have a sleep mode. Also ensure
that your desktops have power saving features to ensure that all
computers can use as little energy as possible when not being used.
You’ll find your energy goes down – even if just a little and you’ll
be doing your part to contribute to the environments good stewardship.