Government could save £10m by switching PCs off

The Office of Government Commerce (OGC) has launched a campaign to encourage public sector workers to turn off their PCs overnight to cut carbon omissions.

According to figures from the OGC, the Government could save around 10.2 million in annual energy costs if its departments switched off their machines at night.

The Office also claims the scheme could cut carbon emission by up to 55,723 tons.

As part of the campaign, which is being led by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, the Government will also license NightWatchman power-management technology, which monitors power consumption and automatically shuts down PCs during non-working hours.

A report by National Energy Foundation (NEF) suggests between 20 per cent and 30 per cent of computer users in the UK don't switch off their machines.