A green IT approach doesn’t just help the environment, it often saves money too, it’s a win-win. You may be aware of some or all of these tips – but many struggle to put them into practice.

Should it be on?

If you’re aiming for ‘green IT’, then when a device is not in use, should it be on? Unless it performs a constant function – like a server – or can be used at any time – like a phone – the answer is no. Most devices optimise their power consumption, if configured correctly, but nothing saves energy like turning a device off.

When staff leave their desks for meetings or lunch breaks – their desktop monitors should be off. Settings on desktops now tend to be configured to go to sleep or a power-saving mode after a few seconds or minutes, but even this can consume a small amount of power so again you’re best to turn it off if you can!

Should you unplug?

Ever heard of phantom power? Many devices that are switched off are still using energy if plugged in. This is because they are using something called ‘phantom power’. This can be understood as the power a device uses to remain on standby.

There’s no need for phantom power when no one’s in the office – try introducing an unplug policy for your staff when they leave the office.

The cloud is green IT

The cloud seems to offer the solution to a lot of issues and requirements – be it security, flexibility or accessibility. But it also has something to offer those looking to reduce their energy consumption too.

Using the cloud to host your server or desktop is similar to taking public transport rather than driving your car to work. It’s an environmentally friendly way to reduce your carbon footprint – rather than running your own energy-intensive servers.

Going paperless

Going totally paperless may be unfeasible for your business. Nevertheless, employing the technique’s paperless offices use you can cut down your paper consumption substantially.

It might sound silly, but reducing the number of printers in your office has a direct impact on your staff’s inclination to print documents. It encourages them to become more mindful of what they choose to print. You can easily scan incoming letters and documents to Office 365 and SharePoint Online if needed.

What to do with the printers you get rid of? Well, you may be able to easily donate them to a local school or charity.

Recycling your IT

Whether you’re replacing all the desktops in your IT infrastructure or you’re storing numerous towers and laptops that ran Windows 95, all these machines can be recycled or donated.

There was a time when outdated and discarded technology couldn’t be effectively disposed of in an environmentally-friendly way. Now, however, there are secure and effective providers of hardware recycling services.

The other option is to donate. Whilst you may need to dispose of a computer’s hard-drive for IT security reasons, this computer may be of use to someone else – be it a charity, a school or an individual.

How can Microtrading help?

By keeping your IT up-to-date, we can help to ensure the power consumption across your infrastructure is optimised.

As far as recycling technology, we can refer you to trusted local recycling providers. They will be able to recycle your IT ethically and effectively, without compromising your IT security.

We can also specify your new cloud server and desktop, as well as energy efficient, LED monitors and PCs with the latest Intel processors – delivering great energy savings.

To complement your ‘more green’ philosophy you might also consider using a 100% renewable zero carbon energy provider. We use Bryt Energy, if you’d like to know more about them, visit their website www.brytenergy.co.uk. We moved over to them a while ago and it helps make our business more environmentally friendly.

To discuss how you can save energy with your IT, contact Microtrading IT support in Birmingham on 0121 784 0077 or click here to see how we can help.