Employees can take several steps to
save energy. Turning off computers
overnight is a simple, yet sometimes
overlooked, energy-saving strategy.
The average desktop computer uses
from 60 to 250 watts per hour and
the average LCD monitor uses around
35 watts per hour. Laptops use
in the United States. Mortgage com-
panies can reduce their electricity use
through green IT.
According to a Microsoft TechNet
article, green IT, or information technology, means “building an IT infrastructure that uses fewer resources —
most notably energy.” That means
reducing not only the electricity used
by individual computers, but also the
energy required to keep them cool and
to power servers. Desktop computers
and servers require a lot of electricity.
significantly less energy ( 20 to 30 watts
per hour) than desktop computers,
so switching to laptops can save a
lot of energy and money in the long run.
In addition, employees should not use
screensavers because they can use the
same amount of energy as a computer
in use. Instead, employees should set
their computer’s power management
options to power down into hibernate
or standby mode when not in use. Both
power-saving modes use only one
to three watts per hour. Turning off
monitors when they won’t be in use
for long periods of time — such as
overnight or on weekends — is another
energy-saving strategy that can add
up to significant cost savings as well,
especially in a large company.
Switching to a virtual server environment also can help save energy.
Virtualization enables a company to use
fewer servers, thus decreasing electricity consumption and waste heat.
According to EnergyStar, saving one
watt-hour of energy in server usage can
save almost two watt-hours of energy
overall by reducing energy waste
and reducing energy needed to cool
waste heat produced by the server.
On a broader scale, IT staff can identify underutilized servers that are good
candidates for virtualization and consolidate them into a virtualized environment. If your company has servers
that cannot be virtualized, identify
which ones produce more workload for
By identifying the most efficient
machines, and those with extra capacity, your company can better utilize
existing high-efficiency servers without needing to add servers. When
purchasing new servers, focus on their
energy-to-workload ratios, choosing
machines that provide the most computing power for the lowest energy
Technology has improved over the
years, resulting in less wattage being
used with new hardware compared to
equipment manufactured just a few
years ago. So, upgrading old, out-of-date
computers and monitors can reduce
your energy consumption.
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By switching to paperless processing
and adopting green IT practices, a mortgage company will be more eco-friendly,
save time and money, and better satisfy
their borrowers — especially millennials. Evaluating areas where your company can adopt these practices is a great
start. Even small changes can make a
large impact on the environment, borrowers and your bottom line. n
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