We are all obliged to look after our planet and to minimise our impact on the environment. There are a number of campaigns and environmental groups telling us that we should reduce our CO2 emissions by taking public transport, reducing car usage, lowering our heating thermostats and installing energy efficient light bulbs. We are also obliged to recycle as much waste as we can.
The life blood of the service my team provides is electricity. We’ve got racks and racks of electricity consuming hardware that sucks in electricity on one side and throws out waste heat on the other. This waste heat then has to be cooled by electricity guzzling air conditioning units. All that electricity usage has an effect on CO2 emissions and there will be a carbon footprint associated with it. Sounds bad doesn’t it, but I’m not done yet. Most desks at Edge Hill have a Personal Computer on them and then we have the numerous open access areas filled with PCs. Each of these PCs comprises of base unit and a monitor both of which use electricity all day. Some of these PCs will be left on at weekends and in many cases overnight.
The good news is that Core Services is going to start to look at using more energy efficient servers, server virtualisation and recycling old servers. This will all help to reduce our carbon footprint and CO2 emissions.
The best news about going green is that it most people at Edge Hill can make a difference without any effort. According to the Carbon Trust, one PC left on all day will cost about Â£37 a year. But if switched off at night and at weekends, this drops to nearer Â£10 a year and saves an equivalent amount of energy to making 34,900 cups of coffee. We do need to start some where, and as it turns out it is not hard to start going green. To start you should simply;
Turn off your computer when it’s not being used !