Information and communication systems account for about 25% of electricity consumption in offices. In offices that have dense use of IT systems or if inefficient systems are deployed, the figure may rise as high has 70%. The following can be done to reduce electricity use by your IT systems:
- Activate sleep/hibernate/standby mode on PCs, laptops, printers, scanners, screens, etc.
- Review documents and emails on screen instead of printing them. If you do need to print, save paper by printing on both sides or on recycled paper.
- Do not leave IT and electrical systems running during weekends or overnight.
- Choose less brightness on screens. Use LEDs instead of LCD, plasma or CRT as LEDs use very less electricity.
- Activate printer, scanner and other devices only when you need to use them.
- Reduce lighting in room for better screen visibility. This will allow you to use less brighter screens.
- Use shared printers, scanners and other devices. Use virtualization to decrease use of computers.
- Use Green IT peripherals to reduce electricity use.
- Change in IT service processes may also reduce electricity usage. E.g By eliminating waste, redundant or inefficient process, you can save electricity and other resources.
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