PC Energy Management Project

Physical Plant - Energy Management and IT Services are in the process of implementing a PC Power Management system for University owned laptop and desktop computers (excluding Kendall). This includes the installation of a non-disruptive power management program that will reduce the energy consumption of campus computers. This program will not be installed on Mac computers at this time. The program will detect when a computer in your office, classroom, or lab has not been in use for a period of time and will induce “sleep” mode. 

This is a very exciting opportunity for the University. The small alterations made by this PC Power Management system will  reduce the University’s carbon footprint while also saving tens of thousands of dollars annually in electricity costs. The only affect you will encounter with this system is having to “wake up” the computer when it is in sleep mode.

For your convenience, we are making sure these small changes are made efficiently and conveniently. During the remainder of the summer, the introduction of this power management program will occur and the energy consumption of the computers will be monitored. This will not affect the behavior of your computer in any way. After sufficient (non-personal) information has been gathered an appropriate power management setting will be recommended. You will be notified in advance of any changes that will be made to your computers sleep settings and you will also receive directions on how to wake your computer from sleep.

Some specialized use computers may need to be excluded from this program, for example, those that are critical to building controls, digital signage, or printing for a computer lab – that’s okay. To request an exception, call 231-591-4822 or write an email to TAC@ferris.edu with the subject of “Computer Power Management exception request”. Please provide your name, building code, room number, phone number, computer name, and barcode number of the computer(s), as well as a description of why the computer needs to be excluded. Leadership will review each request on a case-by-case basis.

We thank you in advance for helping make our University a greener and more efficient one.

If you have any questions about the Energy Management project please contact:

Kara Pellerito, Energy Conservation Manager, Ext. 5945 or karapellerito@ferris.edu

Last updated: 12-05-2014