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Printers, PCs Hog Energy at Enterprises

Linda Hardesty

Information Technology (IT) devices consume more than 25 percent of the energy in most buildings, according to Energy Star’s “Fast Facts on Energy Use,” and within the IT devices bucket, PCs are the biggest draws on plug loads, while printers often waste energy as well, says Verdiem, which makes products to reduce these loads.

Of the 25 percent of commercial electricity in the US attributed to IT devices, about 15 percent of that is due to printers, says Verdiem. Typical network printers draw significant energy when printing a page – about 700 watts. In addition, 10 percent of industrial energy consumption goes to making paper. But with the right data, it’s possible to lower print volumes.

With Verdiem’s new software product, Verdiem Print & Power Analyzer, IT organizations can accurately measure end-user print activity, identify both local and networked printers, characterize costs, and analyze the data to uncover opportunities to optimize the print environment.

Verdiem’s Surveyor software helps prevent PCs and MACs from wasting energy via the central administration of power management settings. Intelligent policies maximize energy savings by placing devices into lower power states. If employees don’t turn off computers manually, the Verdiem power policy will automatically move PCs to sleep mode. When the employee returns and needs to use the computer, it will wake immediately when the mouse is moved or keyboard is clicked.



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