With a U.S. national average of 11 cents per kWh, companies spend almost $161 billion on electricity. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that one PC left on overnight wastes between $25 and $75 in electricity a year, a large contributor to this spend.
Many businesses are becoming more conscious of their energy consumption. Financial and operations departments are leading the charge to reduce costs and support sustainability initiatives. October has been designated as Energy Awareness Month, but it’s just the first step to year-round savings.
Saving Energy and Money
Energy represents about 19% of total expenditures for the typical office building. According to the EPA, 30% of that energy is wasted. Computers account for 17% of energy consumption in large office and college campuses, and 22% for municipal governments. Many workers leave their computers on all the time, and some disable energy-saving settings to avoid perceived inconveniences.
Most companies lack systems for accessing energy data quickly or in a form that provides actionable information. Your utility company may offer free business energy audits for its commercial customers. Combining audit findings with a PC power management solution can result in significant savings for many organizations. Verdiem Surveyor can save $20-$60 per PC per year. For a company with a fleet of 10,000 computers, Surveyor could save one million kWh, or $110,000. The solution also generates savings reports, providing insight into user activity or inactivity, power state transitions and policy settings across all devices.
Minimizing Maintenance Disruptions
Computer downtime can have a serious effect on employee performance levels. It not only affects morale, but also customer satisfaction and business revenue. The average business suffers around 14 hours of downtime each year, during which time employees are only able to work at 63% of their usual performance.
IT staff members need to upgrade, patch, and maintain the computer fleet during off hours to reduce disruptions to productivity, so they must be able to access machines at any given time. Reliable wake capability is an essential component of a PC power management solution to ensure that IT can perform maintenance at any given time. Verdiem solutions can easily wake a PC fleet with over 95% success rate, compared to the industry standard 60%. In addition, the solution requires minimal work to maintain – between five and 10 hours a month on maintenance and troubleshooting.
Reducing the Carbon Footprint and Demonstrating CSR
Most of the electricity generated in the U.S. is produced from fossil fuels such as coal and natural gas. Fossil fuels are one of the leading sources of greenhouse gas emissions. Development of sustainable business practices leads to efficient operations that streamline effort and conserve resources, which enhances employee productivity and reduces cost.
Companies can also leverage such corporate social responsibility (CSR) to attract talent, specifically Millennials who make up more than 35% of the workforce. More than 75% of this generation considers a company’s social and environmental commitments when deciding where to work, and nearly two-thirds won’t take a job if a potential employer doesn’t have strong CSR practices.
Potential employees are not the only ones interested in a company’s CSR. Many customers want to know that their money is going to organizations that consider their carbon footprint. In a recent survey, 67% of businesses say their customers are demanding they procure a certain percentage of their electricity from renewable resources.
Continuing Focus Every Day
Energy awareness is a year-round activity. Verdiem can help finance, facilities and IT achieve their objectives. The software can be installed quickly, and most companies realize a return on their investment within a year.
In addition to helping your company’s profitability and ensuring system reliability, your actions can make a real difference to the environment. Surveyor customers, in total, save more than 250 million kWh annually, reducing greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to taking 2,000 vehicles off the road or planting 26,560 trees. By implementing changes, your organization will have a smaller carbon footprint, which ultimately benefits future generations.
Take Verdiem for a test drive to find out how much your organization could save. Please contact us at [email protected] for more information.