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Old 03-31-2010, 12:43 PM
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Default Ford to save $1.2M year just by turning off its computers at night

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When a corporation as large as ford decides to do something as simple as shutting down its computers at night, the savings can be astronomical. In the case of Ford, powering down computers can save the company $1.2 million each year.

The new program, called PC Power Management, utilizes energy saving settings provided by Microsoft Windows. The energy settings will be used on company laptops and desktops to reduce energy waste. A managed shutdown will occur each night and during the weekend period. Additionally, computers will be awake to receive updates during pre-selected non-business hours, freeing up time previously used for updates throughout the working day.

According to Ford, an estimated 60 percent of the company's computer remained on after business hours resulting in wasted energy. The new managed shutdown will eliminate waste to the tune of over a million dollars in savings for the company and reduce its carbon footprint by an estimated 16,000-25,000 metric tons per year. Hit the jump for the full details on the program.
From: http://www.autoblog.com/2010/03/30/f...puters-at-nig/

Link to Ford's press release: http://media.ford.com/article_displa...ticle_id=32248
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Old 03-31-2010, 12:50 PM
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Default Re: Ford to save $1.2M year just by turning off its computers at night

they could give me that 1.2m they save and they wouldn't even notice.
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Old 03-31-2010, 12:53 PM
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they posted a profit of 2 or 3 billion last year

every little bit helps I guess lol
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Old 03-31-2010, 01:00 PM
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Damn, that is a lot of savings!

...that they will pass to the consumer? Yea right, haha!
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Old 03-31-2010, 02:04 PM
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Way to go Ford!
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Old 03-31-2010, 02:18 PM
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Default Re: Ford to save $1.2M year just by turning off its computers at night

That can go straight to developing a new Ranger.
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Old 03-31-2010, 03:01 PM
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We started doing that at work and we have saved a lot of money also.

Even turning the lights off on the pop machines in the break room has saved money
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Old 03-31-2010, 04:52 PM
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I have my users turn off their monitors, but not their computers - nighttime is often when I connect remotely to do maintenance, and also when our desktops do antivirus, windows and other software updates. Shifting those things to working hours would result in performance issues for our staff.

There's a feature called 'wake-on-lan' that could be used by me (and by server based scripts) to wake the systems up when necessary, but I've done some trial configurations, and it hasn't been reliable enough to roll it out across the board. Perhaps if I had more time to troubleshoot and iron out the issues...but no effing idea when that will be
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Interesting.
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