Give electronics a break on Power IT Down Day

August is typically a month for taking a well-deserved break. And giving computers and workstations some rest is a good idea, too.

Users can put healthy and sustainable energy use into practice Friday, Aug. 26, on Power IT Down Day. So far, more than 7,000 people have pledged to take the simple step of turning electronic devices, including computers, monitors and printers off when they leave work for the day. That saves the equivalent of more than 30,000 kilowatt-hours of energy.

Running an average personal computer 24/7 can cost an additional $100 each year, which can add up in organizations with hundreds or thousands of users, Government Technology reports. That's in addition to the energy that's being wasted while PCs sit idle during non-business hours.




 

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