Ford: That ‘70s Show

Back in the 1970s—during both the Ford and Carter Administrations—energy conservation was widely recommended.

Back in the 1970s—during both the Ford and Carter Administrations—energy conservation was widely recommended. As in turning off the lights in a room when you leave it.

Oh, those were the days.

And guess what? They’re back.

Ford Motor has announced its “PC Power Management” program, which it developed with NightWatchman software from 1E Inc. This means that laptops and desktops that aren’t being used—say at night or over the weekend—will be centrally powered down. They won’t be totally “off,” as they’ll still be able to receive such things as updates as long as they are on the Ford Intranet.

“In the past, as many as 60% of Ford’s PC users haven’t shut their PCs off at the end of the business day, resulting  in wasted energy,” said Keith Forte, Ford IT project supervisor. “Going forward, we’ll be able to manage PC power consumption more efficiently while minimizing interruptions during the working day as a result of software updates.”

One the program is in full swing, Ford expects to save $1.2-million annually and to reduce its carbon footprint by as many as 25,000 metric tons annually.

No word on whether wearing cardigans will be the next move.