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Greener Computing with Local Cooling

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on November 8, 2007

Here’s a useful little application for Windows PCs, intended to help reduce power usage. PCs are a growing factor in power consumption statistics, so adjusting a few simple power settings can help both reduce your carbon footprint and your electricity bill.

Once you’ve downloaded and installed Local Cooling, run the application on all your PCs for maximum power savings. You can tune how your machine turns monitors on and off, along with spinning disks up and down (and also shutting down idle hardware). You’ll get more control than the standard Windows power control panel – which is a good enough reason for using the tool! You’ll also get to see an estimate of just how much power your PC is using – which can be a lot more than you might have thought.

There’s a league table of power savers too, so you can get a hefty dose of egoboo, if you feel like registering. There’s no need – the application runs quite happily without talking back to the community.

And hey, it’s free.


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  1. quercus said,

    Great idea, but the sheer ugliness of the UI edit controls makes we want to drive over their fingers in a burning Lamborghini.

    We’ve an office full of Russians. They never switch anything off, including monitors. I think it’s a consequence of a childhood free from sink plugs and light switches, as the boundless benevolence of Lenin made everything free, and the grim meathook of Brezhynev meant it would never switch back on again if you ever did turn it off.

  2. etriganuk said,

    Just don’t run it on the same machines as you run SETI@Home or similar 🙂

  3. therealdrhyde said,

    Perhaps I’m being paranoid and cynical. I hope I am. But I can’t help but think what a great vector an app like this would be for malware.

    And I’d also take all their figures with a hefty pinch of salt. I’ll not believe any savings until I’ve seen figures from a clamp meter, averaged over a month before installing it and a month after.

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