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IT introduces new computer power-saving policy, effective today

Computers across all university campuses will automatically go to sleep after 5 p.m. if not in use
February 1, 2016
A new IT power policy takes effect today that will ensure all computers automatically go to sleep after 5 p.m., if not in use, to help reduce electricity usage across University of Calgary campuses.

A new IT power policy takes effect today that will ensure all computers automatically go to sleep after 5 p.m., if not in use, to help reduce electricity usage across University of Calgary campuses.  

Taking effect today, a new IT power policy is being introduced on IT-managed computers across all University of Calgary campuses. Computers are now automatically being put to sleep after 5 p.m., if not in use, to reduce electricity usage.

The policy coincides with the campus-wide PowerOFF challenge running Jan. 18 to Feb. 12. Users are still encouraged to put computers to sleep during the day when they're away from their workstations.

"The PowerOFF challenge currently underway provides a timely opportunity for the IT department to launch this policy," says Geoff Crowe, a manager in Client Services in the IT department.

"By putting computers to sleep instead of powering them off, IT will still be able to remotely access computers and perform routine updates and virus scans overnight and on weekends while significantly reducing electricity consumed by computers."

Computer in sleep mode uses 95 per cent less electricity than one left on

The savings can be significant. Computers and workstations account for approximately 28 per cent of electricity usage in campus buildings and a computer that is in sleep mode uses approximately 95 per cent less electricity than a computer that is left on. In a building with 100 computers, that can amount to a savings of $4,000 per year.

The PowerOFF campaign continues to encourage campus members to change their behaviours by putting their computers to sleep and turning off their monitors whenever they leave their workstations for prolonged periods of time during the day.

Your computer needs a lunch break too, put it to sleep

"We hope that the creation of this policy will eliminate any concerns surrounding computer electricity saving actions affecting security or update installations overnight," says Crowe. "However, users are still encouraged to put their computers to sleep when they are away during prolonged periods during the day such as during lunch breaks or longer meetings."

To learn more about the new IT power policy, instructions on opting-out of the program and for a list of FAQs, visit the IT website

To get involved in the PowerOFF campaign, visit the sustainabiltiy website.