Step 1: Quantify how much electricity your desktop computers consume. This should take only a few minutes at first, you just need to estimate how many desktop computers and monitors get plugged into your building’s electricity supply, and roughly the power they run at. You can then use a simple sum to estimate greenhouse gas emissions and costs.
Step 2: Find out what other groups have are doing to improve energy efficiency. There are many groups at Oxford and around the world who have implemented projects to reduce IT-related greenhouse gas emissions and costs. We’re working with departments, colleges and museums to document their approach in the form of case studies.
Step 3: Plan and implement an energy efficiency initiative. There are many tools and techniques you can use to reduce costs and greenhouse gas emissions, but implementing them will require you to plan this development.
Step 4: Help people use their computers more efficiently. The success of most energy efficiency initiatives is dependent on all of us to ‘do our bit’ which will require clear communication and encouragement.