IT Plug Load Is Ruining Your Company’s Bottom Line

During graduate school, I worked for a corporation that made CAD software. Every day, I’d use my badge to unlock the security door, and wind my way through a sea of cubicles toward my desk. Tucked into each one was a computer, a monitor or two, and one of those crazy office phones with 50 million buttons and blinking lights.

When most people left the office, they simply logged out of their computer. Leaving it to sit there in standby mode all night–or weekend–long. This is called IT Plug Load and it’s repeated in thousands of offices, hospitals, libraries, and stores around the world every day, costing companies big time. If you’re looking for ways to improve your bottom line, the first step should be exposing and vanquishing IT Plug Load.

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Image via Phil Manker/Flickr

You might think that existing policies do a good job of keeping a lid on costs, but the reality will shock you. Commercial buildings in the United States alone consume well over half of all electricity–costing somewhere around $200 billion each year.

Many offices just assume that devices must remain plugged in all the time, but that’s simply not true. And even the ones that must remain plugged in can usually be powered down or scheduled to enter a power saving mode during night and weekend hours.

Check out the infographic below for more surprising statistics about IT Plug Load in America. Then, check out JouleX’s “Best Practices for Managing Energy in the Enterprise” to learn the first steps toward reducing, removing, and replacing these costly energy vampires.

JouleX infographic, IT Plug Load

Beth Buczynski is a freelancer writer and editor currently living in the Rocky Mountain West. Her articles appear on Care2, Ecosalon and Inhabitat, just to name a few. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog