It’s a tough time for businesses. The energy crisis that began last autumn looks set to continue – and increasing utility costs are putting an extra squeeze on organizations that have only just managed to come through the last two years of the pandemic.

What happened?

In simple terms, the wholesale cost of energy has been increasing year on year for over a decade but changing supply and demand issues meant that it rocketed a few months ago. Those issues are ongoing and now the current situation in Ukraine and the sanctions on Russian oil and gas are having an additional impact. And, just to add to the disruption, many of the smaller energy suppliers haven’t been able to keep up with the rising wholesale costs and have collapsed – hence, millions of customers have been transferred to other providers.

What’s the answer?

Companies are now spending more and more of their monthly incomes on utilities. Unfortunately, there’s no quick fix, but an energy-efficient strategy that delivers incremental gains can ensure that businesses don’t spend unnecessarily. Knowing how your organization uses electricity is the key to seeing where things can be streamlined and what action you need to take.

How can NetSupport DNA help?

Do you know how many of your PCs are left powered on overnight with nobody using them? And how much that costs over time? If you’re an existing customer of our IT Asset Management solution, NetSupport DNA, you can use its energy monitoring and power management tools to help your business save money. The Energy Monitoring module shows you a summary of potential energy wastage across your organization – and then you can set up Power Management policies to power down PCs at the end of the day or when they have been inactive for a set time.

Simple incremental wins 

We all know that things like extra insulation, replacing appliances with A-rated ones and swapping lighting to LEDs can make a difference to business energy costs but, let’s be honest, those things involve a significant outlay that lots of organizations just can’t commit to right now.

Smaller actions can make a difference, though. For example, doing a tea round instead of everyone boiling the kettle individually; not heating or cooling empty offices (and being thermostat-savvy in the ones that are used), or considering insulating/reflective window films to reduce the demands on air conditioning, can all make small savings that will accumulate over time.

But if your organization has NetSupport DNA installed, make it a priority to check that there are power management policies in place and start saving from today!

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