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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When it comes to energy save policy, how do your employees behave?

Do you wonder why your energy bills are too high? Always-on computers mean uncontrolled costs for your company and also carbon emissions into the atmosphere, a negative impact on the environment. Let’s take a look to better understand why do employees leave their computers open after business hours or in weekends.

A specialized survey, described in the PC Energy Report, analyzes the employee behavior on why they leave the computers open when they shouldn’t. The most given answer was that other people use the computer. Some of them thought that their computers automatically goes into hibernation and they don’t have to worry. Others prefer to leave because it takes to long to power down when they finished working for the day. Some of them forget or they leave it to enable overnight software updates. A small percentage said that it’s company or IT policy to leave it on or they have to access their computer remotely.

Which of the above mentioned reasons cause money loss for your company?