You might not expect Hewlett-Packard
, a massive force in the realm of
personal computers, to encourage users to not
use their PCs, but in a
sense, that's exactly what it's doing. The company has recently
launched a new Power To Change initiative that encourages PC owners to
"make behavioral changes in support of the environment." So, just what
are those changes?
Namely, its to "download a new desktop widget that tracks the
cumulative energy savings
associated with participants turning off idle PCs when not in use." The
widget, which is unsurprisingly named the Power To Change widget, can
be downloaded by anyone across the world with a PC, and according to
HP, this whole project is the "manifestation of HP’s long-held
philosophy that industry leadership is about an ongoing contribution to
HP has estimated that if 100,000 PC users shut down their work
computers at the end of each day (by the way, who doesn't do this
already?), energy savings could reach as high as 2,680 kilowatt-hours
and carbon emissions could drop by around 3,500 pounds per day.
Needless to say, this request is dead simple to follow, and we can't
recommend enough that you do indeed shut down your work PC each day if
you don't already.