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Did you know that £2,400 is wasted annually by an SME with 100 staff computers, just by leaving on computers and screens overnight? And according to businesselectricityprices.org.uk a standard PC left on continuously consumes more than 500kWh per year!

Powering down inactive PCs can provide a simple yet effective way for businesses to reduce overhead costs and environmental impact, and for a large business with 10,000 employees, it could save them over £200,000 per year!

In NetSupport DNA, the Energy Monitoring module provides a simple and concise high-level summary of potential energy wastage across an organisation by computer systems that are left powered on out of business hours.

NetSupport DNA checks to verify the powered-on state of all computers and its local monitoring component keeps an accurate record of each time a computer is powered on, off or hibernates. Once it knows the times of day each computer was operational, an average (and customisable) “power consumption per device” calculation is used, facilitating a baseline energy usage calculation for all computers.

With this information to hand, Power Management policies can now be set. Selected PCs can be set to automatically power off at a specified time at the end of each day and then power back on – all at once, or in stages – the next morning. In addition, “inactivity policies” can be applied, allowing rules to be applied for systems to sleep, log out or power down if they have been inactive over a period of time.

To learn more about NetSupport DNA, click here.