05 August 2010

Power IT Down Day August 27, 2010

HP, Citrix Systems, Intel and new sponsor GTSI will be sponsoring the third annual Power IT Down Day on Friday, August 27, 2010. Power IT Down Day encourages the public sector (GOV & EDU), along with the industries that serve them, to power down their computers, printers, monitors and other peripherals at the end of the work day on August 27 in an effort to help the government reduce its energy consumption.

Power IT Down Day is intended to harness the power of the individual in helping government become more energy efficient. The first two Power IT Down Day events are good examples of what can be accomplished by the individual. Just last year, about 5,600 individuals pledged to power down their IT equipment on August 27, which led to more than 73,000 kilowatt hours saved and enough energy savings to power 77 American homes for a month.

Individuals can sign up to power IT down at the new Power IT Down website, poweritdown.org, which will provide green IT resources and information. Registrants also will have the option to invite friends to participate in this year’s Power IT Down Day activities.

The Power IT Down Day sponsors will again make a donation to the Wounded Warrior Project to show what can be accomplished with the money saved from Power IT Down Day activities. In 2009, the Wounded Warrior Project, whose mission is to honor and empower wounded warriors, received $45,000 from Power IT Down Day sponsors.