In just four months, HP’s “Power to Change” campaign has rallied thousands of people willing to switch off their PC monitors during idle time in support of HP’s challenge for ‘green’ PC use. Spread across different continents, each registrant has to date helped contribute to energy savings of 70,400 kilowatt hours and 42 tons of carbon emissions – which equal almost 2,815 cars being taken off the road.
At the heart of HP’s “Power to Change” campaign is a downloadable application which tracks energy and carbon emission savings each time a user switches off his idle PC monitor. With the application, HP hopes to highlight how individual contributions to the environment’s betterment can make a difference in creating lasting, sweeping change. HP also hopes to bring to light practical tips individual PC users and enterprises can follow in order to observe green IT in their respective operations.
“The early uptake of ‘Power to Change’ among our consumers has been encouraging. With the campaign we wanted to show people that green IT practices need not be complicated or costly, and we’re delighted that PC users are responding to it favorably,” said HP Philippines Managing Director David Tan.
Supplementing the “Power to Change” campaign is a ‘Green IT for Dummies’ guide book also released by HP. The book, available for free download at http://www.hp.com/hpinfo/globalcitizenship/environment/productdesign/greenit4dummies.html lists green IT initiatives that can be employed at the workplace for those who want to further their move towards green and sustainable computing. Below are some of the Green IT tips in the guide book:
For Individual PC Users:
Switch off your screensaver. Program your monitors to go on sleep mode when idle for over 15 minutes.
Consider making the switch from CRT monitors to LCD ones. Not only do LCD monitors have better image quality, they also require significantly less energy to operate.
Use soft copies of documents when possible to limit the need for printing. Limiting printing lessens demand for inks and paper.
Station your PC at a cool place so your unit does not have to work doubly hard, thereby using more power to regulate its running temperature.
Consider a thin client approach, wherein you have a low-power device on your desktop instead of the PC processor box, and all the meaty work takes place in the data center. All that is sent between your device and the data center are the keyboard, video and mouse signals. These devices take out a lot of the hassle of desktop computing because they’re inherently more secure. The devices also don’t have to be upgraded every two, three or four years; it won’t be unusual for them to be in use after eight years.
Many server computers, which consume a lot of electricity, run at less than 30 percent capacity. With the help of virtualization software, you can double the amount of work each processor does in order to halve the number of devices in use and cut the overall environmental impact.
Enable remote access to applications to facilitate home and on-the-road working to cut commutes. Similarly, encourage staff to participate in web conferences and web seminars to reduce air and road travel when appropriate.
Tan added: “While we still have work to do, we’re making positive steps towards that goal with the Power to Change campaign. With ‘Power to Change’ and the Green IT guidebook, HP hopes to fuel a long-standing commitment to environmentally-responsible PC use and sustainable green IT practices among PC users all over the world.”