According to Pike Research, the market for green technologies is expected to increase more than five-fold by mid-decade, driven primarily by improved power/cooling systems and energy-efficient IT gear. Energy efficiency is one of those issues that aren’t likely to go away any time soon.
Green initiatives that reduce energy consumption and resource waste must be the hallmark of IT work. Examples of these efforts include:
1 – Identifying inefficient equipments (printers, scanners, laptops, etc.) and replacing it with Energy Star products. An Energy Star rating means it has energy efficiency or 75% less power than standard incandescent lamps, cost efficiency or that it saves up to 30% in electricity costs in lamp life, and environment friendly.
2 – Creating software patches and Microsoft Windows Server policies that automatically turn off copiers and printers at designated times and making sure standby modes are set correctly.
3 – Donating old office IT equipments to local nonprofit organizations. I have found Project reboot as an example where you can donate.
4 – Screensavers, sleep and hibernate modes are still valid and effective ways to protect company data and save power.
5 – Implementing virtualization solutions that offer resources to help you build a more efficient virtual infrastructure that can help you reduce IT management and expenses. Substitute servers for a virtual server can save up to 30% on electricity consumption.
6 – Inspiring a green workforce company-wide through PC login welcome notes offering suggestions for green operations and via messages in email signature.
7 – Implementing cloud computing services in which IT resources are made available on a many-to-many basis to either a public or private user base.
8 – There are even iPhone apps that can help you green your use of the mobile during the business hours. Check out the top ten apps to make you more green.
There are so many things we can do to help our planet. This is a shared responsibility and everyone must contribute.
What’s your take on green wave? Do you have other ways to green your business? Share them below and let’s spark discussion.