August 3, 2011

Leaving computers on standby costs SMEs £30.8m a day

by Jan Harris

Small firms in the UK could significantly reduce their energy bills simply by turning off their computers rather than leaving them on standby.

As part of its mission to improve the energy fitness of British businesses, energy company E.ON interviewed nearly 1,000 UK firms and found that 10% of them believe that standby uses the same amount of energy as shutting down.

With more than a third of firms leaving computers on standby all night, E.ON estimates that SMEs could be wasting £30.8m a day.

Twenty per cent of the businesses surveyed said they only turned their computers off at the weekend.

Two-thirds of the retail businesses surveyed left their computers on at night, making them the least green, while the agricultural sector was, appropriately, the greenest, with only 31 per cent failing to turn off their computers at the end of the working day.

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