CSU Installs Software that Could Save $60,000 a Year

COLUMBUS, Ga. - Sleep is a good thing, not only for the body, but also for Columbus State University computers.

In a continuing effort to “go green” and to save the university money, CSU’s Computer Information and Networking Services has joined the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star Low Carbon IT Campaign.

CSU’s plan went into effect Oct. 1, when CINS changed computer settings to put monitors and computers to sleep after 15 minutes of inactivity.

“The potential power savings is immense and it helps CSU to become a more environmentally friendly campus,” said Abraham George, CSU’s Chief Information Officer.

“Going to sleep” will not affect open documents or computer programs since the system does not actually shut down. Users can wake the computer by pressing any key on the keyboard or moving the mouse.

George said that the idea started when Jennifer Haney, CSU’s Web designer, suggested CSU look into the Energy Star program as a way to save power consumption and money.

James Chappel, manager of desktop services, estimates that, “40 percent of non-lab campus PCs are left on after business hours and most are left on all day long, whether they are being used or not.” Couple the direct power savings with indirect savings such as lowered room temperatures and equipment longevity and the plan has the potential to save up to $50 per computer annually. With the 1,200 non-lab computers currently on campus, the savings could reach $60,000 annually.

In adopting this power management program, CSU received an official certificate of recognition as a member of the EPA’s Low Carbon IT Campaign. “EPA is pleased to recognize Columbus State University as a Participant in the Energy Star Low Carbon IT Campaign,” said Energy Star Program Manager Steve Ryan. “By taking this simple pledge, we can make a substantial difference in the fight against global warming. Energy Star's power management tools offer a cost-effective way to save energy, money, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”

For more information, visit http://cins.colstate.edu/green/.