April 13, 2009
WVU Parkersburg implements pc energy savings initiative.
CONTACT: Dave White, director of facilities and grounds, 304-424-8225.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
West Virginia University at Parkersburg is implementing an energy savings initiative involving turning off computers when they aren’t being used.
That simple act could help the college realize a potential savings of more than $25,000 a year.
“Based on a recent international study, we could see a cost savings of $13,000 if just half of the college’s computers were shut down at night and on the weekends,” said Dave White, director of facilities and grounds.
“Our goal is to shut down all unused computers, printers, scanners and other office-related equipment.”
WVU Parkersburg has approximately 1,000 computers in use on a daily basis. The campus energy savings initiative, “PC Off = Saving$,” targets computer-related equipment in college offices and student computer labs.
It follows a report that nearly half of the more than 100 million office PCs in the United States are not properly shut down at night.
Issued last month, the 2009 PC Energy Report analyzed workplace power consumption in the United States, Germany and the United Kingdom. It noted that U.S. organizations waste $2.8 billion annually to power unused machines which emit about 20 million tons of carbon dioxide.
“The report got our attention,” White noted.
"Computers also generate heat so we may be able to lessen cooling costs in the summer as well as reduce the college’s carbon footprint by shutting down idle office equipment,” he added.
And what of the belief that a computer's life is extended by leaving it on all the time? The opposite is true, notes the college's director of information technology.
"The longer a computer's hard drive is on, the shorter the life of the computer," notes Jeffrey Wilbur. "And, a computer tends to run better when it is freshly rebooted," he added.
WVU Parkersburg is distributing flyers on campus and “table tents” for faculty and staff to place next to their pcs as a reminder to shut down their computers and other non-essential office equipment when they are out of their offices for any length of time.