The Fact of The Matter recently received an email from one of our readers suggesting one way for the Bd. of Education to save money and perhaps cut a few $$$ off the proposed $91,000,000 budget. After all, if voters defeat the budget at the polls, it will be up to the Westfield Town Council to review the school budget and make some cost cutting suggestions.
TFoTM presents one cost cutting plan here. Information was copied and pasted from the Internet to address the cost of leaving school office and classroom computers on.
After lighting, computers and monitors have the highest energy consumption in office environments. Studies have shown that power management of computers and monitors can significantly reduce their energy consumption, saving hundreds or thousands of dollars a year on electricity costs.
The energy consumption of computers and monitors is determined by the amount of energy they require to operate and how they are used. While the energy requirements of a device make an important contribution to its overall energy consumption, the key to reducing energy consumption is changing how devices are used.
Evenings and weekends account for 75% of the week, so ensuring computers are turned off at night dramatically reduces their energy consumption. Further savings are made by ensuring computers enter low power mode when they are idle during the day.
Energy wasted by computers and monitors costs public school districts in this country more than $145 million dollars each year. School administrators and energy managers will find the solution to this problem is only a mouse click away. By activating their school computers’ built-in power management features, K-12 educational facilities can reduce their operating expenses while contributing to a cleaner environment.
ENERGY STAR, a program jointly managed by the US Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy to promote energy efficiency encourages organizations and individuals to eliminate waste with power management. This nationwide program allows classroom computer monitors to enter a low-power "sleep" mode when inactive. For every 1,000 monitors using ENERGY STAR’s free, easy-to-use power management software tools, enough energy is saved to light 160 households. Additionally, sleeping computer monitors help the environment by preventing air pollution associated with the burning of coal, oil, and gas to generate electricity.
Dozens of school systems nationwide have implemented power management, including the Albuquerque Public School system in New Mexico and California’s Winton School District. Watt Watchers of Texas, a school energy management organization, is leading a statewide power management effort that expects to save school districts in that state an estimated $4 million per year in energy costs.
Save 200,000 kWh of Energy All in a Day's Rest — Energy Star ¨ Monitor Power Management
Organizations can save energy and money by enabling power management on their computer monitors. Free software tools and services from Energy Star automatically put monitors to rest organization-wide when not in use—saving a significant amount of energy and money. What's more, monitor power management will not affect your computer or network performance. A simple touch of the mouse or keyboard "wakes" the machine within seconds.
Save Energy and Money With Monitor Power Management. Enabling monitor power management could save your organization approximately 200,000 kWh per year for every 1,000 monitors. This amounts to:
$20,000 per year saved at 10 cents/kWh.
Enough energy to power 230 households for one month
Enable Power Management Organization Wide Quickly and Easily. Energy Star monitor power management offers software tools and services to:
Turn on monitor power management through the network rather than machine-by-machine using the EZ Save software tool.
Use the capability of Windows 2000 to enable power management throughout your organization.
Allow end users to individually enable monitor power management quickly and easily through the EZ Wizard web-based software tool.
Inform Your Organization About Monitor Power Management. To help educate employees about monitor power management and its benefits, Energy Star offers a set of educational materials including posters, a fact sheet, a case study, and desktop reminders. For more information visit www.energystar.gov/powermanagement.
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