Employees too lazy to turn off their PCs at night are costing their companies £68 a year each, according to a report from The National Energy Foundation.
The environmental impact is even more colossal than the financial effects. Those 1.7 million employees who leave their PCs on overnight create about the same levels of carbon dioxide as the exhaust emissions from a city the size of Liverpool.
Some 18% of PCs are habitually left on overnight and up to three million PCs are left on occasionally. The fact that the chief reason for leaving PCs switched on is that it’s “too much hassle” to shut them down points to a failure by companies to educate their staff. Only one in 10 companies ask staff to switch off at the end of the day.
Other reasons cited for leaving PCs connected are because everyone else does; it’s not important; they forget or they don’t want to lose work. Technology that centrally turns off PCs at a specific time could potentially save companies thousands of pounds.
The report findings are backed by research from datacentre consultancy BroadGroup, which warns that UK datacentres are the energy guzzlers of Europe. The average datacentre consumes £3.5m a year, and this could rise to £7.5m within four years if energy costs continue to spiral.