Have you ever experienced getting your phone battery drained? Isn’t it frustrating? Yes, it is, and we always want to avoid that from happening. To avoid getting a low battery with our mobile phones, we take certain steps like lower screen light, turn off Wi-Fi and data use, turn off vibration and clear(kill) all running applications. That is just basic for everybody and easy to do. It really helps to know how to conserve energy and its cost because it saves us more money and more uptime for us to do what we need to do.
Same goes when running a business, you need to save money and avoid extra expenses. One thing that saves a businessman from unnecessary expenses is to save energy. By saving energy, energy cost is reduced. As a businessman, you might not mind how much you are paying with your electric bills because you just want what’s best for your company. But in the long run, it will eventually exhaust your resources—crippling your company. That is why it is very important for an entrepreneur to practice good energy saving habits.
Here are ways to reduce IT energy costs as outlined by IT Services Philippines:
Turn off devices when not in use.
A simple way that you need to do is turn off monitors, printers, scanners, and other computer peripherals when not in use. Turning off computers when not in use is important as it’s not only the computer unit that is still on but also the other equipment connected to it like printers. It will also lessen or reduce your electrical bill if you unplug them also from the socket because they still consume electricity even if you turn it off. This is the most common misconception for most people because they thought that even if a device is turned off and still plugged into the socket, it will not consume electricity. Unfortunately, it still does. Business owners should let their employees make this a habit after their office hours.
Sleep mode is a good mode.
During orientation, let your employee know that if the PC they are using is inactive, change it to sleep mode. Sleep mode is also a very good way to conserve energy in your office. When changing it into sleep mode, it will stop some non-essential activities that are running in the background. This is useful when employees are away from their computers, a.k.a. AFK or “Away From Keyboard”. Most importantly, your computer stores in its memory the information about any open applications or even documents in sleep mode. This allows a user to pick up where he or she left off.
Be picky in choosing devices.
Always choose those devices that consume less electricity. To do this, always prefer the new version for it consumes lesser energy than choosing the old version. Older devices use more electricity, an example of that are monitors for computers. Monitors nowadays have versions that are energy savers. Always look for the Energy Star label. Energy efficient devices pay off in the long run.
Print only when necessary.
Aside from turning off devices like printers that are not currently in use, one more way to conserve energy is by printing only when it is necessary. It reduces a significant amount of time that a printer is turned on. This in return prolongs the life of your printer, saving ink and paper as well. Again, avoiding unnecessary expenses.