To achieve this we recommend:
- A manager with responsibility for budgets works closely with IT support
staff and announces the initiative.
- The announcement should explain the initiative is driven by the need to
reduce both greenhouse gas emissions and monetary costs. (The distinction
here will become irrelevant if energy prices reflect their long term price
i.e. include future damage to the environment).
- Provide regular updates on how well the initiative is progressing.
- Provide clear advice on how power management should be implemented on
different types of computers e.g. those in training rooms, offices and those
brought to the University (e.g. laptops). Advice will also vary depending on
the operating system installed (e.g. Windows, Apple and Linux).
- Provide technical support during the transition phase e.g. how to use wake
- Your green desktop computing initiative will normally require everyone in
your group to do their bit. Show a reasonable level of patience
as people adjust to new ways of working but 'altruistic punishment' may need
to play a role.
- It may be fruitful to use other means to motivate people e.g. gentle
competition between groups. In general we recommend you relate energy saving
to expressions of social capital rather than directly measures of energy use
i.e. people are more motivated by each other than graphs and numbers.
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