The UK's top 200 listed companies are wasting more than £61m in electricity a year by not maximising the energy efficiency of their desktop computers.
A study from IT services supplier Computacenter and Fujitsu Siemens Computers has concluded that “greener” desktop strategies and better working practices would deliver financial savings and reduce the environmental impact of computing.
The research investigated the energy consumption of the top 200 publicly listed companies based on the number of desktops they operated daily.
The study calculated the potential energy savings that could be made if these machines were made energy-efficient by, for example, introducing policies and procedures to encourage employees to switch off their computers when not in use.
The report also suggested that IT departments use software to automatically turn off idle PCs outside office hours.