How can you save 1 million dollars? All Ford Motor Company had to do is turn off their computers. That’s a lot of computers! Ford Motor Company announced its PC Power Management program. Under this program, the power settings on Windows laptops and desktop computers are centrally controlled to reduce energy waste and optimize software updates.  Not only is Ford cutting down on energy consumption but they are reducing their carbon footprint by an estimated 16,000 to 25,000 metric tons annually.

Ford developed its PC Power Management system with NightWatchman™ software from 1E Inc. 1E research found that almost half of all employees who use computers at work typically do not power them down at the end of the working day.  In the U.S. alone, over $2.8 billion of PC power is being wasted every year, according to 1E.

Ford’s actions to reduce the amount of energy used in all of its facilities earned them the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s coveted 2010 ENERGY STAR AWARD for the fifth consecutive year. Since 2000, Ford’s U.S. facilities have improved energy efficiency by nearly 35 percent. That’s equivalent to the annual energy consumed by more than 150,000 homes. Way to go FORD!!

Ford supports and asks that Individuals help reduce their energy consumption by pledging their support of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s “Change the World, Start with ENERGY STAR” campaign. The ENERGY STAR Pledge includes small, individual energy-saving actions that collectively can make a difference. You can find energy saving tips at the Energy Star web site.  Once again I am thankful for a large corporation stepping up and taking responsibility for their role in protection the environment.

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Haley is an avid fitness guru, mother, police officer and officer of the court. Haley and her family are working to go green with the help of her sister, Green and Clean Mom.