Caring for Your Computer
In an effort to be environmentally responsible and provide energy savings for the University, ITS is providing tips and tricks to configure your computer to save power.
Why should I care about my computer's energy use?
Desktop computers use a lot of energy! Some simple facts:
- After lighting and air conditioning, computers consume the most energy in Clark's office spaces.
- Common desktop computers use about 60 watts and flat screen displays use an additional 30 watts.
- If 50% of Clark's faculty and staff implemented our recommended settings on their desktop computers, we could save almost $12,000 a year! That's before you consider the savings with laptops and all of our students' computers.
For ITS managed Windows computers, we will be utilizing the tools from a new program called LANDesk. With LANDesk, we will be using a combination of power saving plans to provide substantial energy savings with minimal effect on your computing experience. You will be free to customize your primary desktop, laptop and departmental computer lab's power plans however you like for presentations or other special occasions.
Power plans available from ITS via Desktop Manager
The different power plans can be set within the LANDesk Desktop Manager tool or within the native Windows power options control panel. By default your computer will be updated with the Min Savings - RDC power plan so that folks who use Remote Desktop Connection software can continue to access their computer. Our Clark Recommended power plan will save the most amount of energy while minimizing the impact on your daily computing; as it turns out Remote Desktop access will not be possible under that plan.
Changing Energy Settings
Your computer will start saving energy when left unattended. In this mode, it will decrease power consumption and provide the University with energy savings. To wake it up, simply move the mouse or strike a key on the keyboard. It does take a few seconds for your computer to wake back up, just a little patience will help this effort. None of your programs will be closed, you will not lose any unsaved work and you will not need to wait for your computer to reboot when you wake it up.