Tips for a greener IT

If helping the environment is high on your agenda, then you should consider trying to reduce your carbon footprint generated from your IT and communications equipment. Here at ContinuIT we think it’s time to move past the “Green IT” hype and start making some changes. In short – it’s all about doing more with less.

Fortunately, in many cases, less impact = less dollars. There are many situations where being environmentally responsible with your IT environment will actually save you money. Below is a (by no means complete) list of things your business can do to start reducing your impact on the environment.

  • Use environmentally responsible suppliers
  • Virtualise as much of your infrastructure as possible
  • Don’t print unless you absolutely have to
  • Use recycled paper products where practical
  • Power off your desktop and notebook PCs at the end of the day
  • Power off any virtual or physical servers that don’t need to be running 24×7
  • Consider moving to thin-client and terminal services to reduce power (and cost)
  • Configure disk subsystems for power-save mode where possible
  • Configure monitors to enter power-save mode when the PC has been idle for 5 minutes
  • Update your equipment at least every 4 years to ensure you’re using the latest in environment friendly technology
  • Dispose of old equipment with the environment in mind
  • Use video conferencing instead of travelling
  • Install power meters so you can measure your power usage
  • Consider Power over Ethernet (PoE) when you setup your next office area
  • Look at air-conditioning settings for computer equipment (is it set too low?)
  • Make sure that any batteries are recycled – not discarded in landfill

Of course, if you need assistance to implement any of these ideas, we’re here to help. Look out for more articles about simple things that you can do to cut back on your environmental impact.

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