Energy Savings? Only 17% of Non-IT Employees Turn Off Laptops When Not in Use

May 18, 2010

Absolute Software Makes Implementing Computer Power Management Programs Simpler

Vancouver, Canada: May 18, 2010 – Absolute® Software Corporation (“Absolute” or the “Company”) (TSX: ABT), the leading provider of firmware-based, patented, computer theft recovery, data protection and secure computer lifecycle management solutions today released a new suite of tools for public and private sector organizations who are attempting to implement energy savings programs. Included in the toolkit are: a computer power management policy guide, intuitive power savings calculator and a 60-minute webinar featuring a Gartner lifecycle management expert and a school district that has reduced its computer-related power consumption by 79%.

Organizations continue to feel the financial crunch as they slowly come out of the recession and need to find ways to save money in IT operations. Simply by turning off computers and monitors at the end of the day, organizations can see significant savings in energy expenditures – money that can be leveraged elsewhere. Yet, according to a recent Ponemon Institute study, only 17% of non-IT employees always turn off their laptop when it is not in use.*

"Much attention on power consumption has focused on the data center, but PC power consumption in an organization also can be significant," said Charles Smulders, Vice President at Gartner. "According to our 2009 study, organizations that are actively employing power management functionality can expect to save $43,300 per year, compared with unmanaged organizations."**

According to Kurt von Schwedler, network administrator at Bensalem School District, "Here at Bensalem, we cut our computer energy usage by 79%, saving an estimated $53,000 a year. These savings came out to be greater than the cost of the Absolute Manage software!"

Additionally, organizations that buy carbon offsets can see a further reduction in costs. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, approximately 1.34 pounds of carbon dioxide are released into the atmosphere per kilowatt hour of electricity consumed. *** With a robust power management plan in place, organizations can see a dramatic reduction in their energy consumption, their carbon footprint, and therefore their carbon offset costs.

"Power management is an easy and effective initiative that organizations can undertake to lower costs associated with running computers. The energy savings that can be obtained are substantial," said Peter Frankl, Vice President of Lifecycle Management at Absolute. "For example, an enterprise with 1,000 desktop computers and 200 notebook computers can expect to spend over $107,000 annually to run their computers. By implementing a basic power management program, they can reduce that to just over $72,000 – a savings of over $34,000 in the first year alone."

The Toolkit

  • ROI calculator - Gives an instant snapshot of energy savings made possible with the implementation of a computer power management program
  • On-demand webinar - Features Terry Cosgrove from Gartner, as well as Bensalem School District and how they are using Absolute Manage and its Power Management capabilities.
  • Free Policy Guide - A “how to” guide on implementing a new computer power management program.


*Ponemon Institute, The Human Factor in Laptop Encryption, 2010
**“Gartner Says PC Power Management Activation Can Save a 2,500-PC Organization More Than $40,000 a Year”, February 9, 2009
***Department of Energy,

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