ExpensesMost organizations are aware of how much energy their IT infrastructure consumes, but there are a few not-so-obvious ways to save energy, cut costs, and reduce your overall carbon footprint.

Switch to Flat-Panel Monitors

Using flat-panel monitors over CRT (cathode-ray tube) monitors can significantly reduce energy costs.  Georgetown University’s IT Department replaced its CRT monitors with flat-panel monitors in 2003. The replacement saved them $50,000 a year on their electric bills, reducing electricity use by 82%.

More efficient desktop systems use less power. For example, flat-panel monitors have technology built-in to conserve energy while they’re not in use. It’s important to configure the power-saving function, regardless of what type of desktop computer you’re using.

Hire a Third-Party Network Center

Using a third-party network center can reduce your power and utility costs. Rackspace and Amazon EC1 are both an example of third-party providers. For many businesses, using this type of hosted server solution is less expensive than operating their own hardware directly. However, the disadvantage is that you must depend on the third-party provider for maintenance and physical security.

Unplug and Turn Off Machines

When you leave devices, such as computers, printers, and monitors on, you’re using excessive power, which leads to higher electricity bills. To save energy, unplug these devices; simply turning them off can still draw power, so remember to unplug monitors and printers to reduce power consumption and increase cost savings and electricity.

Virtualize and Move to the Cloud

By consolidating physical machines and using the power of cloud computing, you can eliminate machinery and cut power costs. EMC, a company that helps businesses use cloud computing to manage their IT departments in a cost-efficient way, consolidated from 1,250 to 250 servers. The transition reduced space requirements by 60%, as well as reducing power and cooling costs by 70%.  As a result, EMC estimates they will save approximately $3.5 million in power and cooling over the next five years.

Have questions about how your Ottawa business can save money with your IT?  Contact Fuelled Networks and learn how our IT solutions and services will help your business save.  Call (613) 828-1280 or drop us an email at info@fuellednetworks.com.

I have a strong passion for helping Ottawa Businesses, Entrepreneurs and professionals to become more productive and successful while allowing them to feel at ease and secure when it comes to their Information Technology needs. As the President of Fuelled Networks since 1998, I specialize in providing no-nonsense flawless and prompt technical support to Ottawa businesses, with in-depth consulting on Fortinet, Microsoft, Microsoft Cloud Stack and security. I strive to help businesses to succeed and take great pride in building long-lasting positive relationships and taking on a strong leadership role within the Ottawa community.

Published On: 18th November 2013 by Ernie Sherman.