Staffordshire University uses Verdiem Surveyor power management software to cut student PC electricity usage by 60 percent, and Surveyor provides full return-on-investment within a single year. As part of the University’s drive to become more environmentally friendly – alongside a general goal to optimise expenditure - the IT team started to look at the power consumed by its PCs.
Jay Burke, Staffordshire University’s Senior IT Officer explains: “We have over 4,000 PCs here at Staffordshire University across our various campuses – some are used by individual staff, others are used to teach in classroom sessions, and we also have 24x7 access areas for students to use independently on research and assignments. It’s a lot of computers in a lot of different areas and together the money needed to pay for the power they consume is substantial.”
“The University, of course, has green policies asking students and staff to turn machines off when not in use, but in reality we knew a lot of electricity was being wasted as PCs were being left switched on – especially overnight”, adds Jay. “In addition, as our student labs are open seven days a week our numerous PCs in those labs were on everyday - even when they were not being used.”