August 6, 2008
Verdiem Brings PC Energy Management to the Masses
Verdiem, a leader in network energy management, today announced the release of its Edison(TM) software product, a free energy monitoring application that allows eco-conscious consumers to actively control their PC's energy consumption -- and their household's carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Made for the Windows operating system, Edison enhances existing PC power settings and provides a consumer-friendly interface that is easy to set up and manage. The Edison application is supported by Microsoft as an easy way for consumers to become active in supporting the Climate Savers Computing Initiative(SM) goal of reducing global CO2 emissions from the operation of computers by 54 million tons by 2010. Verdiem is challenging PC users to "do their part" and download 10 million copies of Edison (approximately 1 percent of the global PC population) in the next year.
It's an issue
While much of the IT industry has focused on data center energy efficiency, the world's more than 1 billion PCs are an unexpected drain of energy and source of carbon emissions. Specifically, PC energy consumption correlates to an average of 1,000 lbs of carbon dioxide and worldwide can consume about 506 billion kWh per year -- the equivalent of 70 million cars on the road.
"PCs are the hidden energy hogs of the home and most users have no idea that they are needlessly throwing away 80 percent of their PC's energy," said Kevin Klustner, Verdiem's President and CEO. "If just 1 percent of all PCs used Edison we could potentially reduce environmental impacts by 7 billion pounds of CO2, which is equal to taking more than a half million cars off the road. By finding ways to embed offsets in our daily life -- even something as simple as downloading software -- we will create permanent reductions in energy use and have a huge impact on our environment and resource sustainability."
Power in numbers
Verdiem, Microsoft and the Climate Savers Computing Initiative aim to empower individual PC users to understand the energy and environmental impacts of PC power management and take control of their power efficiency. This is part of a larger vision to encourage the public to reduce CO2 emissions in both their work and home lives.
Microsoft, a worldwide leader in software, services and solutions, is asking its Windows PC users to augment current PC power settings with Edison software.
"Microsoft is committed to forging partnerships and developing innovative software solutions and services that enable people and organizations to reduce their impact on the environment," said Rob Bernard, Chief Environmental Strategist, Microsoft. "We are pleased to collaborate with Verdiem and Climate Savers Computing to introduce Edison, a free PC energy management solution. With a proven enterprise PC energy management solution, SURVEYOR, Verdiem has demonstrated the ability to deliver excellent customer solutions and now with Edison, consumers can reduce their household greenhouse gas emissions and control energy costs."
Verdiem and Microsoft are both members of the Climate Savers Computing Initiative, a nonprofit group of eco-conscious consumers, businesses and conservation organizations committed to reducing the power consumption of PCs and servers. The organization recognizes the value and importance of PC power management and its potential effects.
"Recent studies predict PC ownership will quadruple to 4 billion and double emissions by 2020(1), so implementing PC energy management solutions at home and in the workplace is a vital component of climate protection," said Lorie Wigle, President of the Climate Savers Computing Initiative. "Tools like Edison can help consumers control and monitor their PC's energy intake and make a real difference in the way they manage the power consumption of the technology they use."
The Edison software application offers a simple solution for the individual PC user. The software features include:
-- Scheduling -- allows users to identify work and non-work schedules to optimize power schemes based on when the PC is in use or on standby. -- Settings -- provides several options of desired power savings and settings. Simply choose the most appropriate and it applies 24x7x365. -- Estimated Savings Reports -- offers information that correlates PC power settings to money, kWh and CO2 savings. -- Intuitive User Interface -- easy to use sliding bars help consumers choose settings and instantly see the power and monetary savings. Clearly marked tabs help users navigate through the interface.
Edison is available today at no cost. To download the solution, and reduce your household's greenhouse gas emissions please visit www.verdiem.com/edison.
Verdiem provides network energy management solutions. Its enterprise software increases business performance and sustainability by monitoring, measuring and managing IT energy use and related greenhouse gas emissions. Founded in 2001, Verdiem is a mission-driven company headquartered in Seattle with additional offices in the US and UK. More information is available at www.verdiem.com or (206) 838-2800.
-- Edison Free Download: www.verdiem.com/edison -- Edison Product Demo: http://www.verdiem.com/news/download-zone.asp -- Verdiem, Microsoft, Climate Savers Computing Initiative Webcast: http://ms.istreamplanet.com/environment/ -- PC Energy Management Kit: www.greenmypcs.com -- Verdiem Blog: http://www.verdiemblog.com -- Facebook Verdiem Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Verdiem/32411421275?ref=nf -- YouTube Verdiem Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/Verdiem -- Microsoft Environment Website: http://www.microsoft.com/environment -- Climate Savers Computing Initiative Website: http://www.climatesaverscomputing.org
Verdiem, Edison and Surveyor are trademarks or registered trademarks of Verdiem Corporation. Climate Savers(R) is a trademark or registered trademark of World Wildlife Fund Inc., an international conservation organization and is used under license. Other names and brands are the property of their respective owners.
(1) SMART 2020, The Climate Group and the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI), June 2008.
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SOURCE: Verdiem Corporation