It’s not easy being a business right now. There’s an energy crisis across a large portion of the world: inflation is rising, relationships are fracturing and supply chains are creaking. Spiralling energy prices aren’t just making it difficult for organisations to meet the cost of their bills; they are, in some cases, bringing them to the brink.

How did we get here?

The wholesale cost of energy has been rising for some years now. There are all sorts of factors at play, including an increasing demand across the globe, but in Europe and the UK at least, that’s now being set alongside low gas storage levels, the war in Ukraine and a scramble for the EU to source energy from other countries in case Russia chooses not to restore the gas supply once the planned annual maintenance of the Nord Stream pipeline finishes on 21st July.

The situation is uncertain at best. Prices in the UK are set to increase once again in October and, as colder weather kicks in, winter 2022-23 is predicted to be very difficult – and expensive – indeed.

What’s the answer for businesses?

Back in more carefree times, leaving office lights on practically 24/7 used to be the norm for some large organisations. Vending machines, fridges, hand dryers, and dishwashers all contributed to their energy bills but were accepted costs of running the business.

Today, no matter what size your organisation is, finding out exactly how you use energy is a priority. It’s the only way to see where you can eliminate waste and adjust things to be as energy efficient as possible. Solutions such as motion detection or LED lighting, or timers to switch off unused appliances at night can create savings that all add up.

Surprisingly, not everyone is careful

If you’re in the habit of powering your PC down after you’ve finished your day’s work in the office, you may be surprised to learn that some of your colleagues simply don’t bother. That’s right: somehow, it’s ok to do that at work, but they’d never dream of it at home (or maybe they would?!). Over time, the cost of those left-on PCs mounts up and what for? It’s a complete waste of energy that can be avoided.

How can NetSupport DNA help?

No, nobody needs to go around every single office in your organisation to power down left-on PCs. Technology can do that for you – ta-da!

If you’re an existing customer of our IT Asset Management solution, NetSupport DNA, ensure you are using its energy monitoring and power management tools to become aware of your pattern of use and help tackle rising costs. The Energy Monitoring module shows you a summary of potential energy wastage across your organisation – 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.

And if you haven’t yet joined our NetSupport DNA club but are considering implementing an ITAM solution shortly, check out the evidence that reveals why so many companies love it.

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