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Ford Saves One Million Dollars...By Shutting Off Computers

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Talk about low-hanging fruit. Ford estimates that it will save $1.2 million and reduce its carbon footprint by 16,000 to 25,000 metric tons annually--just by shutting off computers when they aren't in use. The secret to getting employees to shut down is a program called PC Power Management that centrally controls laptops and desktops to power down overnight and on weekends. At the same time, the program makes sure that computers connected to the Ford Intranet are able to receive software deliveries during off hours, decreasing downtime during working hours due to excess software loads. Simple, right?

It's not that Ford's idea is so revolutionary. Plenty of studies have shown that shutting down computers saves big bucks. In fact, research from software company 1E has demonstrated that over $2.8 billion in PC power is wasted every year in the U.S. And both AT&T and Verizon have used 1E's software in the past to save energy. But we appreciate that Ford is publicizing its money and energy-saving efforts. Perhaps the auto company will inspire other corporations to follow suit. After all, going green doesn't get much easier than pressing the "off" button on the computer.

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  • Paul Gilbert

    This does sound very easy. It is funny how simple things like this may get overlooked in the daily business of everyday life and business. Hopefully other major companies will follow suit. Italiani casinò online perfetto.

  • Anonymous

    @ken... so... your comment here would be included in that "mundane tasks" category you mention? Saving the planet starts at home... My children thank you in advance for your cooperation.

  • Ken Hedges

    It is time to restrict all this environmental waste and protect the
    "planetsoftware company 1E has demonstrated that over $2.8 billion in PC power is wasted every year in the U.S" World wide unused computers and those used only for mundane tasks produce an "estimated" 40 quadrillion tonnes of co2. It is time to put a complete stop to this waste, for the children and for the planet. (This should be the position of all correct thinking liberals)

  • Aaron Houssian

    Why don't more companies do this? or perhaps the better question is why don't users turn off their computers themselves: 1) It takes time (both to shut down and especially to start up) 2) Your work will not be the same as it was when you left it. Personally I blame Microsoft for this. The alternative is to hibernate or put your computer to sleep. I don't recommend this on a windows machine except for laptops. After doing it several times your system becomes unstable, or at least that has been my experience. Apple has perfected this on their computers. Sleeping your computer still consumes some power, but it's a big difference.