Change Your Desktops, Change Your Business. Part 2: Pay Less for Power

Efficiency. We talk about it all the time these days, but are we really doing everything we can to achieve it? In my first post in this PC refresh series, we discussed how updating your aging PCs to newer systems can help your employees become more efficient and productive.

But efficiency has another facet as well that we should consider, and that has to do with how much energy and money we are unwittingly wasting every month by using those same aging PCs. The truth is, if you’re using older desktop PCs, the watts and dollars can really add up. That can translate into big money you could be putting toward your business (I’ll get to how much in a second).

Intel-Desktops-Consume-Less-Power.pngAccording to the same report I cited in my previous post, both All-in-One PCs and Mini PCs consume significantly less power than your older desktop tower. In fact, and this is what really struck me, not only did they use less power than older systems, they used less power even when they were “under load” and the older systems were idle. How much less? Here’s what the study found:

  • The All-in-One PC consumed 55 percent fewer average watts while idle and 53 percent fewer average watts under load than did the legacy desktop tower.
  • The Mini consumed 60 percent fewer average watts while idle and 59 percent fewer average watts under load than did the legacy desktop tower.

Now, turn those savings into money, and it’s easy to see how new systems can prove a boon to your bottom line. Just consider this: The study reported that a business that replaces 10,000 legacy desktop towers with 10,000 new mini desktops can save $8.88 per employee every year. That adds up to a total cost savings of up to $355,200 in power costs.1 We might be talking mini desktops, but those aren’t mini savings. Something to think about.

There’s a lot more to come in this desktop series on PC refresh, so make sure to come back. Next up is Part 3, in which we’ll take a look at how new PCs can help make IT more effective. In the meantime, take a look at the complete version of the study cited above online, and feel free to join the conversation using #IntelDesktop.

This is the second and most recent installment of the “Change Your Desktops, Change Your Business” series in the Desktop World Tech Innovation Series. To view the other posts in the series, click here: Desktop World Series.

1. Based on a conservative estimate of one hour under load and seven hours idle for average power consumption per employee per day, 46-week work year per employee, and average U.S. commercial power costs of $0.1075 per kilowatt-hour from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (

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Chad Constant

About Chad Constant

Over his 17 years with Intel, Chad has served in a number of roles in sales, marketing, strategy and operations across clients, servers and mobile devices. His current role is director of marketing for business clients with a focus on all efforts related to Intel’s business strategy including platform feature requirements, messaging and user experience.