Since the introduction of Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) ten years ago, desktops and laptops have had advanced power management capabilities. However, these capabilities are not leveraged in many organizations. IT can implement a PC power saving plan that reduces energy consumption, utility bills, and environmental impact. This research note on PC power management includes:
- The background of PC power management.
- Current power management capabilities of popular Windows versions and the scheduling software that can further extend energy savings.
- An action plan for understanding and selecting power management techniques, determining PC power management settings, a user communications plan, and a procedure for handling user exceptions after implementation.
- Potential pitfalls in implementing a PC power saving plan.
PC power management represents one of the fastest and easiest ways to green IT.