PC Power Management changes

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PC Power Management changes
by Gerrard Shaw - Thursday, 13 December 2018, 9:38 AM

Since upgrading to Windows 10 over the summer we are now able to report on PC energy usage to help ensure that our IT is as environmentally friendly as possible.

Based on statistics from the new term we will shortly be implementing Power Management settings which will put devices into “Sleep” mode when they have been inactive for more than an hour. This is in order to reduce energy consumed when PCs are idle and a user is logged on.

Using Sleep mode rather than shutting down the computer completely will ensure that any unsaved work is still present when the user returns and wakes up the machine, whilst reducing energy usage by up to 97% vs. sitting idle on full power.

PC power button and power LEDs

When a machine is in Sleep mode you may notice the following:

  • No display on the screen
  • PC power light flashing
  • Fan sound reduces

To wake up a sleeping PC try either of the methods below:

  • Press the power button on the front of the base unit briefly (do not hold the button down)
  • Press the space bar on the keyboard

Note: the computer will take a couple of seconds to wake up and will then display the lock screen, where you will need to re-enter your password to resume your work.

The Sleep mode policy will be activated from January 2019.