12 Ways to Save Energy in the Data Center
This resource provides a general overview of the most commonly used energy efficiency strategies in data centers. For each of the 12 opportunities listed below, we provide practical implementation considerations such as:
- How the strategy is implemented;
- How much its costs;
- How much it can save;
- Risks involved with implementation;
- Where to find additional information.
It is intended to help IT professionals, facility managers, energy managers, and sustainability coordinators identify and understand opportunities in existing data centers.
For a summary of the 12 ways to save, download our 4-page brochure (2.07MB).
Webinars & Video
We offer a free 40-min overview of the 12 ways to save energy in data centers each month. Register here.
The webinar is also available as a five-part video series, Data Center Energy Efficiency Opportunities: What Managers Should Know:
Airflow Management Strategies
- Case Studies. Learn how BNY Mellon, EBay, Exelon, NetApp, QTS, Raging Wire, and Target substantially reduced costs with a variety of data center energy efficiency measures.
- Low Carbon IT Champions. EPA ENERGY STAR recognized technical teams from BNY Mellon, RagingWire, and Target as "Low Carbon IT Champions" for the energy efficiency upgrades undertaken that led to ENERGY STAR building certification for their data center. View the public service announcements recognizing their achievements.
- New Data Center Facilities. The US Department of Energy (DOE) offers a Best Practices Guide for Energy-Efficient Data Center Design .
- Analysis Tools. DOE also offers a number of data center analysis tools and case studies .
- Training. DOE offers a Data Center Energy Practitioner training program , which qualifies professionals to identify and evaluate energy efficiency opportunities in data centers.
- Return on Investment (ROI) Studies. The Green Grid has ROI analyses and power usage effectiveness studies of a number of data center efficiency measures, including installing variable speed fans, adding baffles and blanking panels, repositioning temperature/humidity sensors, and adjusting temperature setpoints.