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Even at modestly higher prices, more efficient computing systems will pay for themselves in reduced energy costs.
For example, a savings of just 20–30 watts in power consumption translates to a savings of 60 kWh per year for a desktop system that is on 2,000 hours per year (40 hours/week, 50 weeks/year). At $0.12/kWh, this translates into a savings of $7.20 in direct energy costs. Factoring in the savings on air-conditioning costs, the total savings is approximately $10/year. At a cost premium of less than $20 for PCs and less than $–30 for servers, this additional efficiency will pay for itself in 2–3 years. Systems that remain turned on all the time typically pay for themselves within the first year of use. The savings for servers will typically be significantly higher than for desktops, resulting in a much shorter payback period.
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And that’s just the beginning
Today’s computers, such as desktops and notebooks, also have many power-saving capabilities built into them. Examples are the “sleep” and “hibernate” modes that can significantly reduce the amount of energy consumed during inactive states. When these capabilities are utilized during periods of inactivity, it reduces the overall amount of energy consumed by up to 60%. This could translate to a savings of up to $15–$25 per year at $0.12/kWh. Factoring in the savings on air-conditioning costs, the total savings would be approximately $25–35/year.
In addition, products that meet or exceed the efficiency standards of the Initiative will qualify for existing utility rebates under the 80 PLUS program and the Energy Star program. These rebates can partially or completely offset the cost difference. We will work with utilities and regulators to make these rebates available to all purchasers of high-efficiency computers and to enhance the rebates for systems that exhibit the highest levels of efficiency.
Reducing the power consumption of PCs and servers has secondary benefits throughout an organization and the larger community. It reduces electrical and air-conditioning loads in office buildings, data centers and homes, thus reducing the strain on regional generation facilities and the electrical grid. Last but certainly not least, it reduces emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants.
Initially, high-efficiency systems may cost slightly more than standard systems; we expect this difference to be less than $30 per system. However, we are confident that as unit volumes increase, these costs will drop to near zero.