Ford to Save Millions Turning Off Computers
Do you turn off your computer at night? That’s what the Ford Motor Company intends to do as part of a big plan they say will save them millions of dollars and make an extreme reduction to their carbon emissions.
The scope of a company is really put into perspective when an act as simple as shutting down a computer can result in savings as prodigious as $1.2 million per year. This is Ford’s conservative savings estimate of a program they have named PC Power Management. Ford estimates that as many as 60 percent of their computers remain powered and unused after hours.
The weak links in these types of programs are the people, the ones who get tired or leave hurriedly and forget to follow through. However, PC Power Management avoids that pitfall by taking advantage of automation provided in the Microsoft Windows operating system.
Ford’s IT department will establish these energy settings on all of the company’s laptops and workstations. Then at the specified time each night and on the weekend, a managed shutdown will occur. However, the Windows system allows for sophisticated settings, which will allow Ford to have certain computers awake and ready to receive transmissions during non-business hours. This will save even more money allowing updates to take place during the night rather than during busy business hours.
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