IT Power Management

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IT Power Management

 

 

Savings to Date

 

The IT Power Management program currently has 1422 users who are saving an average of $1,187 every month.  Savings to date totals over $21,000.

 

 

Introduction


LSU is pleased to announce an exciting new undertaking that will significantly lower our energy usage.  Recently, we completed a highly successful test of innovative software that drastically reduces the amount of energy used by our computers.  The software manages the individual PC power settings based on criteria we set specifically for our campus.  Automatically, the software manages to this defined power plan.  

 

Our test of the software resulted in savings of $20 per computer, and expanding the program to the 6,000 machines that are on the LSU domain will result in reduced energy usage and increased energy savings.   Depending on how quickly the clients are installed, this could result in a three year saving up to $350,000, reducing carbon emissions the equivalent of taking more than 1620 cars off the road.  

 

 

Background


We want to do our part to reduce carbon emissions while significantly reducing operating expenses.  Energy cost and demand is rising across the United States.  U.S. companies waste nearly $4 billion annually powering unused computers.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that automating PC power management can cut PC-related energy costs by 60% or more.  Research shows that controlling PC power can reduce total energy consumption in an organization up to 15% and extend the life of their PCs.  

 

Surprisingly, an average PC left on all day and night consumes more electricity than the average refrigerator.  How many of us would leave an unused refrigerator running all day?  Yet, it is easy to forget to power down your computer when you leave for the day or are away from your desk for an extended period.   

 

 

How will this affect me?


The software we will be using, PwrSmart™ by New Boundary Technologies, automatically puts your PC in a low power state when it is not being used.  This Energy Star® compliant software incorporates self-monitoring and self-controlling features to maximize energy savings with minimal impact to you during the workday.  The most significant change you will notice is that you may have to move the mouse or hit your power button after being away from your computer for an extended period.  In some instances, you may have to turn on the power to your computer when starting your workday.  It is that simple.

 

 

Will I notice any other changes?


No.  All the action is behind the scenes.  We will monitor our energy savings and make appropriate changes if necessary.  If you have any detailed questions, please let us know.  Thank you in advance for your participation in this exciting project and helping us make an impact.

 

 

For more information:

 

 LSU Tiger TV Report on PwrSmart™- click here


 Opt Out Committee Members – click here


 Power Point Presentation to TSPs – click here

 

 Power Point Presentation to Staff Senate – click here

 

 FAQs – click here


 How to Deploy - click here


 Press Release – click here


 Case Study – click here