Friday August 27 is "Power IT Down" day. Organizers say "just by turning off your computer, monitor and printer -- and any other peripherals -- when you leave work for the day, you can help save tens of thousands of costly kilowatt hours."
(There are also the knock-on benefits of reducing dangerous emissions, slowing down climate change and minimizing havoc-causing brownouts and blackouts.)
"Think saving a few kilowatt hours won't make a big difference?" says the web site. "To demonstrate the benefits of Power IT Down Day and how energy savings can be put to good use, its sponsors will make a donation to the Wounded Warrior Project. Last year, we donated $45,000!"
The Wounded Warrior Project's mission is, says that site to "raise awareness and enlist the public's aid for the needs of severely injured service men and women, help severely injured service members aid and assist each other, and provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of severely injured service members."
CDW's 2009 Energy Efficient IT Report backs up the benefits of such efforts as Power IT Down day. It found that organizations working to reduce energy consumption are realizing tangible results:
* Through routine measures, such as training employees to shut down equipment when they leave for the day, 52 percent of organizations actively working to reduce energy consumption have reduced IT energy costs by one percent or more
* If the average organization surveyed were to take full advantage of energy-saving measures, IT professionals estimate they could save $1.5 million annually
The message is getting out. CDW says 59 percent of organizations are training employees to shut down equipment when they leave their offices for extended periods, versus just 43 percent in 2008.
The 2009 report identifies where energy efficiency ranks in IT decision-making priorities, improvements in IT energy efficiency and remaining challenges, as well as uncovers strategies that successfully reduce IT energy bills.
More invaluable data and insights are on their way; CDW is readying to release The 2010 Energy Efficient IT Report that will be out in just a few weeks.