Ford Saves $1.2M by Shutting Down PCs

by | Mar 23, 2010

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computermonitorFord Motor Company’s new PC Power Management program is expected to save the automaker $1.2 million and reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by 16,000 to 25,000 metric tons annually.

Under the program, the power settings on Windows laptops and desktop computers will be centrally controlled to reduce energy waste and optimize software updates. In addition, by shutting down its computer systems when not in use, especially overnight and on weekends, it will further reduce energy use, says Ford.

The power-saving program is being rolled out at Ford facilities across the U.S. this month. It will be migrated to Ford operations around the world later in the year.

Ford developed its PC Power Management system with NightWatchman software from 1E Inc. In the U.S., nearly half of all employees who use computers at work waste $2.8 billion every year powering 108 million unused PCs, according to 1E research.

1E’s software has also been used by AT&T and Verizon to cut their energy consumption.

Ford’s energy-efficient measures have earned it the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2010 ENERGY STAR Award for the fifth consecutive year. In 2009, the automaker improved its overall energy efficiency by 4.6 percent at its U.S. facilities, saving the company $15 million. In the previous year, the automaker improved energy efficiency by 5 percent, yielding a savings of about $16 million.

Since 2000, Ford’s U.S. facilities have improved energy efficiency by nearly 35 percent.

Ford is also urging its Ford and Lincoln Mercury dealers to improve energy efficiency and reduce emissions at their facilities, as well as employees and customers as part of its commitment to the ENERGY STAR program.

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