eyeblink1 February 17, 2007

This question was just posed to me by an administrator at an art museum. She is about to present a greening of the facility to a staff of 300 and she was wondering about the issue of shutting off computers off-hours vs letting them sleep. The IT folks were somewhat neutral but had a notion that extra boot-ups could shorten the life of the hardware and add to the impact. I suggested putting a watt meter on a typical computer and getting a read on running, sleep, sleep with monitor power off and phantom load, and calculate the energy savings. Any notions out there for best practice? She is presenting next tuesday.

Thanks in advance for your input.
David Kadlec