The 3-second secret to being a green hero

In my 4 years of experience as sustainability manager at Softchoice, I’ve met hundreds of people who are really passionate about energy efficiency. And I mean really, really passionate.

But you know what? I’ve realized you don’t need to be a hyper active green-thumb to help out with this important movement. It doesn’t matter what your day job is — from IT workers to salespeople to finance gurus — you can make a big difference with a very small, very simple, first step.

This “first step” is easy, it won’t cost you a dime and it only takes three seconds — but it’s very important nonetheless.

Can you guess what it is? [Read more…]

Everybody’s working for the weekend

The five o’clock stampede thunders through offices across the county. People to eager to start their weekend or evening , to catch their train, liberate little ones from daycare leave their workstations in a hurry. Many of them not taking the time to power down their workstations. This uses up a lot of energy unnecessarily – increasing energy costs and unnecessarily burdening the power grid.

It happens everywhere – so if your organization is facing this you are not alone. We found an article in the ITAM review about energy expended through desktops being left on and things you can do to alleviate the pressure. For instance, printers can also be shut off during non productive hours and like PCs and certain servers … read more.

Four Costly Computer Myths

1 You should never turn off your computer.
Your computer is designed to handle 40,000 on/off cycles. If you are an average user, that’s significantly more cycles than you will initiate in the computer’s five to seven year life. When you turn your computer off, you not only reduce energy use, you also lower heat stress and wear on the system.

2 Turning your computer off and then back on uses more energy than leaving it on.
The surge of power used by a CPU to boot up is far less than the energy your computer uses when left on for more than three minutes.

3 Screen savers save energy.
This is a common misconception. Screen savers were originally designed to help prolong the life of monochrome monitors. Those monitors are now technologically obsolete. Screen savers save energy only if they actually turn off the screen or, with laptops, turn off the backlight.

4 Network connections are lost when computers go into low-power/sleep mode.
Newer computers are designed to sleep on networks without loss of data or connection. CPUs with Wake on LAN (WOL) technology can be left in sleep mode overnight to wake up and receive data packets sent to the unit.

Read the full article on Eco-Friendly Computing.