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 SRU to save thousands with new PC monitor energy settings 



December 13, 2006
CONTACT: Gordon Ovenshine

SRU to save thousands with new PC monitor energy settings

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University expects to save more than $27,000 annually in electricity costs by activating sleep mode settings on 2,000 faculty and staff computer monitors. The work will be done before the beginning of spring semester. The University’s Energy Conservation Committee, formed by President Robert Smith, approved the plan as its first energy conservation measure.

    “Conservation and use of alternative sources of energy are a part of our mission,” Smith said. “We have all lived through a steady stream of energy price increases, severe-weather energy shortages and debate on energy-supply technologies. Installing shutdown mechanisms on computers is an easy and painless way to conserve.”

    The Energy Star settings, usable on Windows-based PCs, shuts the monitor down after one hour of no use according to John Press, systems specialist for information technology, at SRU. The screen goes blank and the power button light switches from green to amber.

    To turn the monitor back on, the user simply clicks the spacebar or moves the mouse, Press said. Sleep mode does not disable the system.

    Press said the power management plan reduces monitors’ electric consumption 67 percent. The Energy Star settings are expected to lower the University’s estimated annual electric usage for computer monitors from $41,792 to $13,831, Press said.

    The primary savings will occur overnight, Press said, noting studies have shown that only  35 percent of computer users turn their monitors off for weeknights and weekends. He also expects multi-shift environments where workers or students share computers to benefit.

     Press said the University’s information technology department can install the energy settings from its Maltby offices, without having to work on each computer. Employees returning to campus from break in early January will find the settings on their computer. 

    These settings help SRU join in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy joint Energy Star program working to save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices.

    “Everything we do is going to be done in the interest of better power usage,” said Press, who is a member of the Energy Conservation Committee.

    “SRU will continue to explore other conservation measures such as windmill and solar energy, not just because they save money, but because we have a responsibility to current and future generations, and to the ecosystem in general,” Smith said.

SlipperyRock University is Pennsylvania’s premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.

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