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The Importance of Energy Efficiency

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The BTX chassis helps optimize cooling of your computer saving energy that would be otherwise used for that purpose In the IT industry, much has been said about the importance of energy efficiency and power management in reducing your operating costs and carbon footprints.  Dell has been working hard to deliver the most efficient technologies and develop strong industry partnerships to help our company and industry put its best foot forward. We’ve also teamed up with organizations such as 1E to help save money with software that allows IT professionals to manage their systems' power remotely.   While we agree that power management can do a lot to increase the efficiency of your computer and reduce operating costs for energy and cooling, we think that it is only one part of the big energy-efficiency picture (check out ReGeneration.org for an interview with 1E’s CEO Sumir Karayi).

While power management can do a lot to reduce operating costs, design is equally important.  At Dell, energy-efficiency begins at the component level, from chip sets and power supplies to memory and the chassis – each plays a role in making the computer run cooler and more efficiently.  To give just one example, our Studio Hybrid is 70 percent more energy-efficient than a standard desktop.

When you bring energy efficient technologies and smart power management together, you've got a your machine running at top efficiency.  We've covered a few of these practices here, but want to get as many on the table as possible.  What are you doing to help improve the energy efficiency of your computer equipment and data centers?  Let us know in the comments section of this post, or let me know via Twitter (I'm ToddatDell).  It's thanks to input from our customers that we are well on our way to becoming the greenest technology company on the planet.  We've already received hundreds of great ideas on IdeaStorm, many of which have been implemented, and many more are currently being reviewed.  Our work is only getting started, so let's keep the dialogue going.

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