Thursday, December 27, 2007

SHOCKING: Electricity rates shoot up 7% in three months (March to June 2007)

A large part of my job at Verdiem is to advise senior executives in large organizations on how to measure, analyze and manage energy consumption of IT equipment, particularly PCs and monitors, which account for up to 40% of the average IT department's carbon footprint and electricity usage.

For obvious reasons, I keep a close eye on electricity rates, especially in the Western US where most of my clients are based. Despite the high level of media attention on energy issues, I was shocked to see that electricity rates on average increased 7% between March and June 2007.

Here is a breakdown of electricity rate increases in the Western States during this period (March to June 2007):

Hawaii: $0.21 per kWh (6% Increase)
California: $0.14 per kWh (9% Increase)
Alaska: $0.13 per kWh (7% Increase)
Texas: $0.11 per kWh (4% Increase)
Nevada: $0.10 per kWh (9% Increase)
Arizona: $0.09 per kWh (12% Increase)
Colorado: $0.08 per kWh (5% Increase)
Montana: $0.08 per kWh (no change)
Oklahoma: $0.08 per kWh (4% Increase)
New Mexico: $0.08 per kWh (5% Increase)
Utah: $0.07 per kWh (2% Increase)
Oregon: $0.07 per kWh (10% Increase)
Washington: $0.06 per kWh (4% Increase)
Wyoming: $0.05 per kWh (3% Increase)
Idaho: $0.05 per kWh (11% Increase)

Green Tech Predictions for 2008

While 2007 set the scene for Green IT, it will be interesting to follow the trends in 2008. Corporations and governments will have a tough job finding a happy medium and vendors will be scrambling to supply solutions.

If you're one that doesn't buy into the Green IT phenomenon, a good place to get a reality check is from the experts themselves. InfoWorld interviewed over a dozen IT industry experts from leading companies to validate the hype. Among their predictions:
  • A continued emphasis on "greening the datacenter"
  • A focus on scrutinizing vendor supply chains
  • Technology solutions taking center stage in solving the climate-change challenge
Click here to get the full scoop from the experts.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

2008 IT New Year's Resolution - Go Green

2007 is quickly coming to a close and with the start of 2008, New Year’s resolutions are on everyone’s minds. That includes C-level execs and IT managers. Sustainability is now a major focus for organizations, and execs are considering how it pays, how it doesn’t and where it counts to make changes. This year, many discovered it can strengthen their reputation, improve employee morale, deliver cost savings, and of course, benefit the environment.

Where do you begin and what is a logical, easy first step? Reducing PC energy waste. Below are 10 other reasons why greening your IT department is an important starting point toward sustainability. The number-one reason - the bottom-line, of course.

Verdiem’s Top Ten Reasons to Go Green in IT

  1. It saves money (a lot of money)
  2. It’s the right thing to do
  3. It’s not easy not being green
  4. Sustained growth requires sustainable operations
  5. Attract and retain customers
  6. Inspire employees
  7. Improved reputation and brand value
  8. Be a cost-savings and sustainability hero for your organization
  9. Lower exposure to energy prices
  10. Energy-efficient IT is high performance IT

Friday, December 14, 2007

The Vampires Strike Again

Vampire energy is estimated to cost U.S. consumers $3 billion every year. For those that don't know, vampire energy is a type of energy used by appliances when they are turned off or not being used.

GOOD Magazine sums it up nicely for the average consumer with a chart depicting just how much energy each of those devices is sucking up.

Some surprises are in store for the skeptics:
  • A plasma TV sucks up $160 each year when not in use
  • A game console sucks up $25 each year when not in use
  • A computer can suck up $34 each year when not in use
When you add these costs to the energy costs of actually using the devices, it's no wonder that according to the Department of Energy, "vampire energy amounts to about five percent of energy consumed in the United States."

To learn more about saving energy click here.