Five (and a Half) Reasons to Power Down Your Computer at Night

Many business offices remain lit and seemingly alive even in the late hours of the night and through the early hours of the morning. The halls are empty, the cubicles are empty and yet the buzzing sound of transformers can still be heard. This is because most office computers remain powered at night. And why we might be tempted to rush out and yell employee negligence and an indifference to the environment, some of these computers need to be functional at night. Some of them have an automated cycle and a certain administrative responsibility that demands them to be functioning 24/7.

But some computers are just glorified typing machines and there is no reason for them to be left running over night.

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Benefits of going green

Energy, like all resources, is limited and over-using a resource will lead to a steady and continuous increase in its value, and as such, its price. Cutting back on energy consumption can have the immediate, obvious benefits of reducing upkeep costs, but also a more long-term focused benefit of preventing an escalating price for energy. Even if a single company’s impact on the market may seem insignificant, a small decrease in the price of a resource can prove to be a significant investment in the long run.

Companies that take great care of their power consumption are also seen as being environmentally friendly. In a world where companies are usually seen by the public as a cold, distant colossus, an industrial machine, made out of rigid, iron cogs and sprockets, being seen as “green,” and wary of the environment can help close the gap between the company and the customers.

As far as internal conduct is concerned, having a strict policy of energy saving can instill a certain discipline in one’s employees. This can also have a negative side effect. Adding another strict policy in a company can alienate the employees and make them feel even more pressured. The presence of an automated system can help alleviate this disadvantage, and instead of an added burden the process of energy saving can be seen as one less chore, because there is a system that will take care of that for us.