NYSERDA (New York State Energy Research and Development Authority) conducted an audit of SUNY Potsdam in 2007. Upon conclusion, they submitted a fifty-two page report detailing their findings and recommendations to the University. Following a full review of NYSERDA's report by CTS, actions were taken to implement these changes.
One of NYSERDA's most prominent findings concerns Monitor Power Management (MPM) and Computer Power Management (CPM). MPM places active monitors into a low power sleep mode after the computer has been idle for a specified period of time, thus reducing power draw from 30–90 watts to 2–3 watts. CPM places the computer itself (CPU, hard drive, etc.) into a low power sleep mode reducing power draw from 40–90 watts to 2-3 watts. On some computers, pressing any button on the keyboard or moving the mouse will turn the computer and monitor back on. However, with some computers, pushing the power button is required to wake up the computer.
Auditors also recommended shutting down the power to monitors, computers, speakers and attached printers after hours
With minimal coordinated effort, we can help SUNY Potsdam save energy by following these recommendations:
Confirm that your computer is configured for power management with the following settings:
Monitor/Display off after 15 minutes
Disk off (spins down the hard drive) after 20 minutes
System/Computer in standby or sleep mode after 30 minutes and enable hibernate mode if possible (Windows computers only)
For detailed directions on how to check and configure your computer see below
Plug laptops/computers, desk lights, individual printers, and speakers into a power strip and turn off the power strip when leaving your work area for extended periods.
Turn Off Your Power Reminder is a printable PDF that you can post in common areas to remind people to power down items at the end of the day. Click to download: Turn Off Your Power (PDF)