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Smart Power Strips

The modern office is full of energy-using equipment—computers, printers, copiers, task lights, fans, and other devices—much of which is left on throughout the workday and, in some cases, for 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. According to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, about 7 percent of all commercial electric energy is consumed by office equipment and computers. However, because more than two-thirds of a year consists of nonbusiness hours, and because employees often don’t stay at their desks throughout the entire workday, researchers at the National R…

Computer Power-Management Software

The energy wasted by a single computer that remains in the full-power “on” state may seem pretty small in the overall scheme of things, no matter how long it remains idle. But it adds up—for a corporation with hundreds or thousands of workstations operating on a local area network (LAN) or a wide area network (WAN), that wasted energy translates to tens of thousands of dollars in unnecessary electricity expenditures each year. Why Is This Important? Despite the fact that most of the 100 million–plus personal computers (PCs) operating in office settings in North Americ…

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