Require by action or automated procedures that monitors be turned off at the end of the work day. I am assuming that other agencies are like mine, IT folks require us to log-off but not turn off work stations at the end of the day. I understand this but there's no effort to remind workers to turn off monitors. A digital pop up once you hit the log-off option would I think help get people into the habit of doing so.... more »
Desktop computers at sleep mode can be woken up in seconds and only use less than 5 Watts of electricity compared to 100-200 Watts of consumption at regular mode. The energy savings can be well over 500 kWh per year for each desktop computer by enabling it to sleep when not in use, in particular at night. Now let us do a saving estimation from the electric bill only. Suppose there are 2.8 million desktop computers enabled... more »
Currently CPUs are used to log on to the VA network in the hospital medical center. These machines are outdated and have performance issues limiting productivity. The bulk of functioning already occurs at a server level which results in server lag time and delay compounded by limits of the CPU processor the user is working from. By removing this CPU from the data usage network and logging in to the server from a monitor... more »
Computer (IT) equipment (HW) would not need to be updated with the frequency that is common with Microsoft (MS) products if this idea were followed: Each newly-installed MS operating system (OS) is usually coupled with new desktop (PC) HW. When aligning and/or consolidating IT (at time of organizational merger), significant cost savings would be realized by choosing an OS that would not need new HW. PCs often run the... more »
Many of the computers running on government networks are left on, running at full power 24/7, yet they are only used between 5-8 hours per day. This is like leaving a 100 watt light bulb on all the time, even when no one is in the room. Simply mandate that all local IT staff enable the most efficient Energy Star settings on every computer.
Sometimes when I have left my computer on over night there is an automatic update that requires the restart of my computer. Instead of actually restarting, it should shut the computer off. Think about this . . . if I am actually at my computer I am either going to restart myself or I am going to prevent the computer from restarting until I finish my work. If Windows actually gets to the point where it automatically... more »
Currently computers sit unused on desks while people are away, they stockpile in closets in case someone needs one to use, they are located in common areas for visitors, they are located in dorms and breakrooms to use, and some employees are assigned several computers for telecommuting, office, etc. Rather than this insanity, issue each person that requires a computer one at their first installation. They have an assigned... more »