Cut electricity costs by shutting down unneeded hardware

You can reduce your power costs by simply shutting down desktops computers and monitors when they aren’t in use. This approach can save 50% on electricity costs, says Nemertes Research.

On average, businesses that implemented automatic power management reduced their power consumption by 20%.  That translates to $100,000 for a company with 1,000 desktop computers,

Turning systems on and off can be automated with a variety of software applications for this purpose.  Demand for such software has skyrocketed.  These applications have the intelligence to know when it is OK to shut down a system.   Products typically require a client application installed on each machine. Typical cost is $40 per desktop. 500 PCs at an electricity rate of 17 cents a kwh (using the average of 200 watts) can save $75,000/year by operating only 12 hours Monday thru Friday. The return on investment would be roughly three months.

Controlling Electricity and Gas Costs

The energy market has never been as volatile as it has been recently.  Your company can control your energy costs  through smart hedging strategies that energy contracts can provide.

To the uninformed, energy procurement seems simple.  Quality is not an issue since electricity and gas are always the same when delivered to your facilities.  The problem: energy pricing is complex.  Therefore, it’s not sufficient to just get quotes from three or four energy sales people and then select the one with the best price.

Clients such as the Boston Red Sox, Simmons College, Leviton Manufacturing. WCVB-TV, Plymouth County and Middlesex County turn to Better Cost Control to reduce their energy risk, control their costs, and protect their interests.   As a licensed energy broker working as a business partner, BCC makes quick decisions on their behalf when the timing is right–saving these companies thousands of dollars and eliminating budget risks.

Because energy is a commodity, timing is everything.  Just like stock prices, energy prices fluctuate—but predicting the price direction is even more difficult because the information needed for decision making is hard to interpret.  The experts in energy markets, therefore, make split second buying decisions.  Suppliers then need to add margin to the pricing they quote to cover their bets for future fluctuations measured in fifteen minute increments– rather than hours–since most companies are not prepared to sign the contract quickly.  Even then, their quotes are only good for that day.  For this reason, companies that work with a licensed energy broker—who can make quick decisions for them—pay significantly less for their energy than those that deal directly with energy providers.

Add to this complexity the rules, regulations and a variety of different fees that are specific to each state. There are even some fees that are specific to only certain regions of a state.  Then there is the question of whether your company is even on the correct utility rate. This is based on your historic energy consumption, but you cannot assume you’re your rate is the correct one.

Finally, consider the complexity of arcane contracts that affect how everyone sets their prices.  The price from supplier A may be lower than supplier B, but the contract terms might make supplier B the better deal.  Many companies don’t understand what they are committing to in their contracts. Terms like RMR, ICAP-Tag, Congestion, Capacity, Clearance Price, Capacity Reserve, basis, and LFR don’t have much meaning to most people, but when it come to energy contracts, they matter.

As a licensed energy broker, Better Cost Control can negotiate the best prices for electricity and natural gas. Using our regulatory knowledge and experience, you can be confident of securing the best energy options, regardless of your annual energy budget.

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