26 May 2009

Eco buttons

The nature of council business means many officers come and go from their office throughout the day.

Eco buttons create a ‘power down’ affect on a PC once pressed. When a key is pressed or the mouse moved the computer powers up and the initial screen displays the amount in money and carbon saved by powering down.

Idea – To buy a set number of eco buttons to trial across the council. Officers who ask for them and think they will use them will be given them first of all.

Results – Unknown as yet. The eco buttons have just been delivered to the council. However a pilot programme with officers suggests that the £1,000 cost of the first 100 buttons will be off set in 18 months, after that giving a saving of £750 a year.

Thanks to Newark and Sherwood District Council for this example

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