Press coverage highlights from story:
- PublicTechnology.net, IT managers approach to energy based cost-savings revealed
- Independent Executive, Widespread misperceptions on energy savings
- Education Executive, Widespread misperceptions on energy savings
The most popular cost savings measures according to IT managers in education are ‘reducing IT power and cooling costs’ (20 per cent] the introduction of PC energy management software (17 per cent) and the introduction of virtualisation [16 per cent]. 127 IT managers were surveyed during May 2013, 84 per cent of respondents came from UK higher education, further education and secondary schools.
Undertaken by PC energy management provider Verismic, the survey was independently analysed and reviewed by Richard Hadfield, education expert. Richard is currently working on various ICT projects with the Department of Education.
A significant 34 per cent of IT managers in education also cited their institutions’ carbon footprint as ‘very important’ and 45 per cent ‘somewhat important’. Ashley Leonard, CEO of Verismic says: “It is extremely encouraging to read that IT managers, particularly those in education, have a personal interest in reducing carbon, reducing power and cooling costs and using PC energy management solutions to manage their environment and reduce costs.”
The surveyed showed that only 9 per cent of education respondents have ‘considerable knowledge’ of PC management software. More over, nearly 50 per cent of IT managers believe savings from PC energy management solutions to be less than the actual, proven savings of £60 per PC per annum. A dominant reason cited for lack of priority around energy-based savings in education was the mis-perception that ‘cost savings cannot be clearly defined’ (28 per cent).
Ashley adds: “Despite great interest there is sadly a lack of immediate priority by IT managers in education to deploy energy-based cost savings measures – a leaning towards likely use in 18 rather than 12-months. For PC energy management specifically, I believe this can be directly attributed to a lack of knowledge around the benefits for the institution and mis-perceptions as to the realistic and reportable cost-savings. As a result, IT managers are missing out on savings of around £60 per PC per annum – for a large education institution aggregated PC energy management savings could pay for a vital teacher or other frontline professional.
The survey also showed a second reason for the lack of priority around energy-based cost savings in education was because ‘cost-savings are not returned to my department’ [27 per cent]. Ashley comments: “Often when using PC energy management solutions the cost-savings delivered are returned to the facilities team – those responsible for paying the energy bill. For example, Loughborough University’s use of our own Verismic Power Manager has returned approximately thousands of pounds per annum to the facilities team’s budget. In the short-term, IT managers must take a broader, corporate wide view of cost-savings, but long-term cross department working to transfer cost savings could be the answer to enabling greater adoption of power management technologies.”
Richard Hadfield concludes: “From this survey it is very clear that energy cost saving and carbon footprint agendas are inextricably linked. Further effort must be apportioned to increase IT managers’ knowledge and awareness of the benefits that can be delivered via technology based solutions. Furthermore, there are practical ways in which IT managers can start reducing the cost of their institution’s energy bill right now. It is however up to suppliers to make it as easy as possible for them to do so.”