It’s not easy being a business right now. There’s an energy crisis across a large portion of the world: inflation is rising, relationships are fracturing and supply chains are creaking. Spiraling energy prices aren’t just making it difficult for organizations to meet the cost of their bills; they are, in some cases, bringing them to the brink.
How did we get here?
The wholesale cost of energy has been rising for some years now. There are all sorts of factors at play, including an increasing demand for power across the globe, but the after-effects of the pandemic, weather-related interruptions to supply chains and the effects of the war in Ukraine and the sanctions on Russia have stirred up significant disruption in the energy markets, not just for the immediate EU area, but far beyond.
The situation is uncertain at best. And, as the colder weather kicks in, winter 2022-23 is predicted to be very difficult – and expensive – indeed.
What’s the answer for businesses?
Back in more carefree times, leaving office lights on practically 24/7 used to be the norm for some large organizations. Vending machines, fridges, hand dryers, and dishwashers all contributed to their energy bills but were accepted costs of running the business.
Today, no matter what size your organization is, finding out exactly how you use energy is a priority. It’s the only way to see where you can eliminate waste and adjust things to be as energy efficient as possible. Solutions such as motion detection or LED lighting, or timers to switch off unused appliances at night can create savings that all add up.
Surprisingly, not everyone is careful
If you’re in the habit of powering your PC down after you’ve finished your day’s work in the office, you may be surprised to learn that some of your colleagues simply don’t bother. That’s right: somehow, it’s ok to do that at work, but they’d never dream of it at home (or maybe they would?!). Over time, the cost of those left-on PCs mounts up, and what for? It’s a complete waste of energy that can be avoided.
How can DNA help?
No, nobody needs to go around every single office in your organization to power down left-on PCs. Technology can do that for you – ta-da!
If you’re an existing customer of our IT Asset Management solution, DNA, ensure you are using its energy monitoring and power management tools to become aware of your pattern of use and help tackle rising costs. The Energy Monitoring module shows you a summary of potential energy wastage across your organization – and then you can set up Power Management policies to power down PCs at the end of the day or when they have been inactive for a set time.
And if you haven’t yet joined our DNA club but are considering implementing an ITAM solution shortly, check out the evidence that reveals why so many companies love it.