American Businesses Continue Cutting Costs and Saving Energy

2009 has seen a rise in the number of companies making a conscious effort to reduce energy consumption and cost of desktop and client operations.  According to reports from employees with desktop computing procurement duties, 57% of companies are purchasing and implementing Energy Star-qualified devices, up from 31% in 2008.

In July, over 700 professionals in the information technology field were interviewed for the second annual survey from CDW.  These information technology professionals came from five industries, including federal, state and local government, businesses, higher education, and kindergarten through high school.

An increase in organizations making efforts to improve energy efficiency in desktop computing is occurring, with 59% of businesses training employees to shut down equipment when away from the computer for long periods.  This number is up from 43% in 2008.  52% of information technology organizations working on energy management claim to have lowered their energy costs, while plenty are spending millions more on energy. Many budgets are currently affected by the state of the economy, and are making budget cuts in purchasing decisions rather than investing in the long-term benefits of more energy efficient electronics.

The most influential determinants outside of energy efficiency include price, reliability and whether or not the equipment is compatible with the company’s current equipment.  In 2008, ease of use was a top factor that other priorities surpassed in 2009.

According to this year’s survey, if technology decision makers utilize all efficiency opportunities, they believe they could cut energy use and costs about 17% a year, equaling $1.5 million for a typical large organization.