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Authored by: rkilgard on Oct 08, '07 08:09:22AM

Ok, I admit I was probably hasty in my initial reaction to the poll--the argument that the routers, devices on standby, etc. is a drop in the bucket compared to major appliances is beside the point. For those of us that live in this convenience society, it's easy to forget the little things we can do that might make a difference.

For example, I recently took over management of a network of around 30 Macs in an academic department. These machines are on 24/7. I came in to the office on Monday morning and was welcomed by the glow of many CRTs happily displaying the login screen that they had probably been displaying all weekend. If I were to suggest to my users that they turn off their workstations when they leave for the night, I suspect my suggestion would be met with hostility.

On a personal level, I feel that I do quite a lot--I don't have air conditioning, I walk to work, I have all compact florescent lights, my personal computer is a PowerBook and all my computer peripherals are off when not in use. Given that the computers and peripherals in my office (just my office, not my whole network) consume more power than my entire house, the critique that I should do even more in my personal life hit a bit too close to home.

Thanks to this discussion giving me a swift kick in the butt, I will be changing the energy saving preferences so that the machines in my department *at least* sleep when they're not being used. And I'm going to investigate what other energy saving changes I can make in the workplace. I'm not going to be turning off my router at night though--it's just a drop in the bucket. ;-)

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