Save money and reduce carbon emissions with GreenTrac
Hands up who turns off their PC when not in use?
I have to admit even though I always turn off my computer at night; it’s often left idle during the day.
‘Greentrac‘ is a software package that is helping me change my behaviour, reduce my carbon footprint and save money. Suitable for large organisations or individuals, GreenTrac helps you cut down the power usage of your computers.
While there are other packages out there doing a similar thing, Greentrac aims to get to the root of the issue by changing attitudes and behaviours in order to go green and save.
By giving continuous real-time feedback and incentives, Greentrac works by motivating users to save power. Who doesn’t love a little competition in the office or at home?
In a survey commissioned by Norwich Union, three-quarters of the people questioned said that ethical one-upmanship is now one of the main themes of conversation at the school gates or while having meals with friends. So how about doing something good with that motivation and comparing your Greentrac output with family, friends and colleagues!
The upside to doing your bit for the environment is that you can save money. Angus Russell says “Even if you’re already turning off PCs at night time, reducing energy waste during the business day by 80% on 10,000 PCs could save your organization an additional $200,000 per year and reduce the amount of CO2 released into the environment by a further 1,400,000 kg.” GreenTrac offers a positive return on your investment within 6 – 9 months.
The Greentrac free 30 day trial is simple to install:
Register, click your confirmation email and download the software. After downloading, you’ll see a system tray icon for you to double click on which opens up your browser.
Real time analysis
Greentrac provides an easy to use and intuitive way to manage and measure your carbon emissions while providing detailed analysis of your energy use and costs.
On the home tab, you’ll see your efficiency score. It starts at 100 and adjusts in response to your PC energy consumption. You’ll also find sustainability hints and tips to make you more aware of how you can reduce your CO2 footprint in other areas of your life.
Reducing energy use
You’ll see a chart summarising your workstation energy usage over the past 7 days; colour coded for convenience. Red is idle, Yellow is Active and Green is off. It makes a great visual impact of your overall energy usage and acts as a reminder for you to switch off when not in use. The motivation soon kicks in and you’re determined to eliminate your ‘red time’ in favour of ‘green time’!
You’ll also see your daily carbon emission – it’s sobering to see that figure climbing, but raises awareness so you can figure out where to improve things.
Reduce carbon emissions
Clicking on the ‘View’ tab shows you more detailed analysis of your PC usage. You’ll see graphs showing your own energy consumption and for organisation and networks, you’ll be able to see a profile of each individual PC on your system.
With Greentrac, each staff member is given an individual energy efficiency rating for the workstations they use, and can compare it to the whole organisation’s energy efficiency.
Empowering staff to manage their individual environmental impact in the workplace has been shown to be effective, and to have long-lasting effects including improved morale and performance in the workplace.
Using Greentrac has certainly shown me where I can make positive changes. Within 3 days I was remembering to switch off my computer when not in use during the day. I estimate I’ve reduced my daily computer energy use by 25-33%.