How To Make Your Data Center More Eco-Friendly

How To Make Your Data Center More Eco-Friendly
Published Thursday, September 9, 2021
by Feature Staff

People estimate that fossil fuels will run out by 2060, and their cost will increase until then. Choosing renewable options instead of fossil fuels is one way to keep your company ahead of the curve. Here's how to make your data center more eco-friendly and avoid getting left behind.

Opt For Eco-Mode

Uninterruptible power supplies (USPs) siphon incredible amounts of power in every data center, but alternating current USPs come with different operational modes. One of these is known as "eco-mode," and it can significantly reduce a data center's energy output.

The Environmental Protection Agency now includes eco-mode as a specification for new USPs, so if your power supplies are newer, they may already have the feature.

Change the Thermostat

Data centers need to stay cool to operate at peak efficiency, but at what point does it become too cool? Your data center can be extremely efficient up to 80 degrees Fahrenheit, so you can increase your center's temperature and see no reduction in productivity. You'll also see an immediate decrease in your energy bill, but remember to keep humidity under control.

Go Renewable

Because of the United States' unreliable power grid, most data centers implement some level of backup generator. Renewable energy options like solar, wind, and hydroelectric power are much greener options than running generators. If your center has the right roof, it could be only a few years before a solar panel investment puts you in the black.

Use the Right Power Cords

Inefficient power cords are an unexpected but immensely detrimental factor toward data center energy usage. Switching to better power cords will free up your limited space and can even increase airflow around servers, leading to better cooling.

Now that you know how to make your data center more eco-friendly, switch out your power cords, turn on eco-mode, and upgrade your energy infrastructure to see savings and efficiency skyrocket.

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