Improving IT cuts power costs

On average companies can cut their power use and reduce costs by about 17% if they make sure their IT is up to date, according to a new report.

The report Energy Efficient IT, issued by the CDW Corporation, for the second year running surveyed 752 IT professionals in business, government and education.

The survey found organisations are doing more to improve energy efficiency in IT compared to 2008, and as a result, are finding ‘significant savings’ in their energy bills.

However, CDW also found energy efficiency became less of a consideration in the IT purchase decision year-over-year.

The report goes on to say there are ‘recessionary pressures’ to reduce equipment costs, even at the expense of greater longer-term energy savings.

CDW vice president, Mark Gambill, said: “IT executives appear to be caught between the proverbial rock and a hard place.

“Under extreme budget pressure in a recessionary economy, their number one IT purchasing concern is the current cost of equipment and services, which can put a damper on efforts toward lowering total cost of operations.

“While IT executives are trying to do the right thing – buy the best technology with the right capabilities at the best price – some may sacrifice greater long-term savings from reduced energy use by downgrading the importance of energy efficiency in the purchase equation.”

Luke Walsh

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