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Green IT at the Desktop

  1. 1. Green IT: How Individuals Can Reduce Energy Costs & Protect the Envionment<br />John Thompson, PhD<br />Buffalo State College<br />
  2. 2. Why Use Power Management?<br />Save money.<br />Gartner, Inc. - well-managed 2,500-PC organization uses 43% less power per year than unmanaged one - saving $43,300/year <br />DOE – save $50/computer/year <br />U.S. federal government has almost 7 million civilian employees – do the math. <br />2<br />Dr. John Thompson<br />
  3. 3. Power Management <br />Turn off computers & printers if not in use<br />Search on “PC shutdown software” for solutions <br />E.g., BigFix Power Management, Faronics Power Save & NightWatchman<br />Use low power "sleep" mode <br />Can still download & install updates & perform maintenance tasks <br />Wake on LAN (WoL) <br />When not in use, turn off the juice.<br />Dr. John Thompson<br />3<br />
  4. 4. Power Management<br />Reduce time before entering sleep mode <br />Disable screen saver<br />Replace CRT monitor with an LCD monitor <br />Dr. John Thompson<br />4<br />
  5. 5. Power Management<br />Turn off components at end of day<br />Prevent “vampire power" or “phantom load”<br />Connect system to a power strip & turn off strip after shutting down components<br />Plug laptop’s AC adapter into power strip<br />Use a smart power strip<br />Dr. John Thompson<br />5<br />
  6. 6. Printing<br />Considerations<br />Econo/<br />Draft mode<br />Black & <br />white<br />Margins<br />Font size<br />E-mail or<br />USB drive<br />or cloud<br />More than <br />one page <br />per sheet<br />Edit on <br />screen<br />Recycle<br />cartridges<br />Internet<br />Sites<br />6<br />
  7. 7. Why Worry About Printing?<br />Federal employees print 30 pages each work day<br />92% of employees print more than they need<br />Workers discard 35%of the paper they print out <br />Federal government spends nearly $1.3 billion annually on employee printing<br />So federal government spends $440.4 million each year on unnecessary printing <br />Source:<br />Dr. John Thompson<br />7<br />
  8. 8. More Printing Savings<br />Use print preview and “shrink to fit”<br />Only print the selection you need<br />Switch to draft mode to increase printing speed<br />Duplex printing (both sides)<br />Use<br />Track your savings with GreenPrint<br />Dr. John Thompson<br />8<br />
  9. 9. Inkjet Printers<br />Use 80-90% less energy than laser printers <br />Example: HP 4V laser printer <br />Printer power consumption <br />HP 4V – 28-110 watts standby, 380 watts printing<br />HP 4315 Officejet All-in-One – 18 watts maximum vs.<br />Dr. John Thompson<br />9<br />
  10. 10. Other Suggestions<br />Purchase green – Design RFPs & purchasing practices favoring/requiring energy-efficient (Energy Star & Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool - EPEAT) technology<br />Federal agencies required to purchase at least 95% of EPEAT registered products in all relevant electronic product categories<br />Join ENERGY STAR Low Carbon IT Campaign<br />Participate in Power IT Down Day in 2010<br />Dr. John Thompson<br />10<br />
  11. 11. More Suggestions <br />Change your subscriptions to online – not paper – use SnagIt or SnipIt type programs to grab/save info<br />Optimize computer performance<br />Decrease screen brightness<br />Change from XP to Vista…to Windows 7?<br />Use laptops instead of desktops<br />Install energy monitoring software – e.g., Edison<br />Have a professional energy assessment<br />Dr. John Thompson<br />11<br />
  12. 12. Online<br />Increase use of the Internet and your Web site<br />Put information on Web pages, wikis & blogs instead of making paper copies <br />Online courses consume nearly 90% less energy & produce 85% fewer CO2 emissions – 2005 report<br />Use less paper than traditional classroom <br />Assign online texts or Internet sites<br />Use course management systems <br />Dr. John Thompson<br />12<br />
  13. 13. Online<br />Use desktop Web conferencing to reduce trips <br />Ex. - WiZiQ, Dimdim, WebEx, Elluminate<br />Outsource organization’s e-mail (e.g., Google Gmail) to the “cloud”<br />Telecommute or use VPN connection<br />Online subscriptions instead of print<br />Dr. John Thompson<br />13<br />
  14. 14. Planes vs. Volcano – April 2010<br /><br />Dr. John Thompson<br />14<br />
  15. 15. Final Recommendations<br />Pick all the low hanging fruit <br />Small changes make big difference<br />Dr. John Thompson<br />15<br />
  16. 16. Final Recommendations<br />Pick all the low hanging fruit <br />Small changes make big difference<br />Conduct energy assessment <br />Set baseline…& measure, measure, measure <br />Dr. John Thompson<br />16<br />
  17. 17. Final Recommendations<br />Pick all the low hanging fruit <br />Small changes make big difference<br />Conduct energy assessment <br />Set baseline…& measure, measure, measure <br />Save $$ while helping protect the environment and doing what’s right for society.<br />Dr. John Thompson<br />17<br />
  18. 18. Presenter<br />John Thompson, PhD<br />Associate Professor<br />Computer Information Systems Department<br />Chase 208<br />Buffalo State College<br />1300 Elmwood Avenue<br />Buffalo, NY 14222<br />716.878.3531<br /><br />Dr. John Thompson<br />18<br />
  19. 19. Additional Resources<br />“What ‘Being Green’ Means to the Bottom Line” Webinar<br />Vampire Power: Real World Green video<br />Explaining Green Computing video<br />Lowering Computer Power Consumption video<br />FAQ: Desktop virtualization article<br />Remember…<br />Charity may begin at home, but green computing begins at the desktop.<br />Dr. John Thompson<br />19<br />
  20. 20. Energy Calculators<br />Carbon Footprint Calculator <br />Nortel Energy Efficiency Calculator<br />Personal Emissions Calculator <br />Office Footprint Calculator<br />CO2 Saver<br />Forrester's online green IT baseline calculator<br />SUNY Learning NetworkDistance Learning Calculator<br />Dr. John Thompson<br />20<br />