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5 Energy Management Tips for IT

Energy management is, in the most basic sense, the way you save energy in your business. It's the process of monitoring, controlling and conserving energy across your IT infrastructure, and ultimately across your entire organization. Energy management can save you big bucks in ongoing power costs.

Still, any successful energy management process has to start somewhere. Here are the steps involved in getting a handle on energy management for your organziation:

1.    The first thing you need to do is measure. You need to be able to meter your energy consumption and collect some serious data. The more data you can collect, the better of you'll be. Ideally, you can implement an interval metering system. This kind of a system will automatically record your energy consumption at short intervals, helping you to track how and when your organization is using the most power. IT will help you discover patterns of use, and patterns of waste.

2.    Next, you'll need to identify and quantify ways to save energy. There are a number of ways you can save energy, many of which don't require much of a capital outlay. Simple things like utilizing an existing advanced environmental control system can greatly reduce power. Even simple behavior and cultural steps – like getting staff to turn off equipment when the day is over – can help with energy management.

3.    Once you've identified those opportunities, you need to implement them. In some cases, this means upgrading equipment or insulation. In other cases, it means getting buy-in from upper management to make procedural or organizational changes. In many ways, energy mangement is more about budget management and people management than it is about energy.

4.    After you've made changes, you need to track them. You need to see how effective your changes have (or have not) been. Here again, like at the outset, you're going to be collecting lots of data. In some cases, you may even need to collect data in order to justify purchases and cost savings. If you have made changes to control equipment, you should regularly check back that everything is working in the way it ought to be. In some cases, losing power can cause a system to reset to factory, and you might miss it if you're not checking on it regularly.

5.    Recognize that this is an ongoing process. You're going to need to reevaluate your energy consuption from time to time. It's normal for an unwatched building, for example, to become less effecient as time goes on. While energy management isn't something that you need to address on a weekly basis, you should nevertheless keep it on your radar and make energy monitoring and tracking a normal part of your maintenance and service activities.

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