IT departments may resist having to roll out computer power management for a variety of reasons — some valid and some less so. Selling the project is a lot easier with ENERGY STAR in your corner. Here's how most organizations have succeeded in making computer power management a reality.
A savings estimate will allow you to present the benefits of a power management effort to 1) Management or facilities personnel interested in dollar savings; or 2) Corporate sustainability personnel interested in greenhouse gas reductions. If you can answer these three basic questions, you can get a sound estimate of your savings:
With this information:
Or contact us for help with calculating your savings.
Build a coalition of support for power managing computers. In addition to savings, computer power management provides the following benefits:
Each of these benefits will appeal to different people in your organization: talk to your colleagues in finance, facilities (they probably pay the energy bills!), security, HR, sustainability, and environmental affairs about them. (Read how employees of the US Dept. of Energy built a broad coalition for power management (207KB).) Now you're ready to approach your IT department.
You probably cannot address all your IT department's questions and concerns about computer power management. If so, do not worry. ENERGY STAR can provide you with a technical expert to help you and your IT colleagues get comfortable with computer power management. Our technical experts have helped hundreds of organizations like yours, and their advice can save your colleagues days of work they might otherwise spend researching and testing solutions.
Just take these two simple steps:
Contact your utility representative to see if incentives are available for power management. Be sure to talk to your utility company before starting your project to ensure you will be eligible for any rebates — often these are not available if your project is already underway.