Eco Factor: PC Power Management program turns off PCs automatically when users are not present.
Ford has deployed a new PC Power Management program that will be able to centrally control the power settings on Windows laptops and desktop PCs to enable a managed shutdown of computer systems not in use, especially overnight and on weekends. The company estimates that as many as 60 percent of Ford’s PC users don’t shut their PCs off at the end of the day, resulting in wasted energy.
The program will allow a “Power Profile” to be developed which allows each PC in the company to monitor its usage patterns and determine when it can be turned off. If the user is working late, the program will alert the user of the approaching power down and give the opportunity to delay it.
The implementation of this new program will help save Ford about $1.2 million annually in energy costs and prevent up to 25,000 metric tons of carbon emissions from being released into the atmosphere.