Most computers (Windows & Mac) already have built-in power management features, and many end users are familiar with controls to automatically shut off the monitor or hard drive and put the computer into a low-power “standby” or “suspend” mode. However, these power conservation features are often underutilized by end users and rarely centrally managed, making them ineffective tools.
As organizations are seeking ways to reduce their overhead costs and improve their competitive position in the market, the use of PC power management solution can show tremendous operating cost saving. A recent case study has shown that organizations can save upto $60 per machine by deploying power management policies. So if an organization has 20,000 computers , it could save $1.2 million annually.So lets save energy,save money and reduce the carbon in the cloud.
PC Power Management solutions available in the market include IBM's Tivoli Endpoint Manager, Lumension's Endpoint Power Management ,Symantec, Shavlik, Microsoft, Cisco.
A typical Power Management tool on a Windows operating system found under the screen saver tab :
How much electricity does a computer use ?
A computer generally uses electricity between 65 watts and 250 watts of which the monitor often needs between 35 watts and 80 watts.Try Joulemeter - a software tool that estimates the power consumption of a computer by monitoring computer resources, such as CPU utilization and screen brightness , cd-rom usage , HDD usage and thus estimates power usage.
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