Data Centers: 5 Tips to Reduce Energy Costs

With data centers’ electricity consumption projected to increase to 140 billion kilowatt-hours annually by 2020*, it’s critical to keep an eye on utility costs so they don’t escalate exponentially.

Here are 5 tips to help you proactively reduce your overall energy costs:

  1. Energy Procurement Plan. Electricity costs in a data center are too large to treat like an afterthought.  You should be proactive and have an energy procurement strategy and plan.  Understanding and forecasting how your load profile and capacity requirements will change over time, and analyzing these relative to the energy markets you are in, can save you thousands if not hundreds of thousands of dollars on your electricity bills through better supply contracts.
  2. Renewable energy. Deploying solar or other renewables is not only better for the environment it can have a significant impact on your bottom line. Incorporating renewable energy sources reduces the amount of energy you purchase. Renewables are becoming more economic to implement. In many states you can qualify for federal and state incentives and rebates.
  3. Improving your load profile. Data centers often operate with relatively high load factors to begin with, however every percent improvement in your load factor will reduce your costs.  Energy savings can be achieved by consolidating IT system redundancies such as one power supply per server rack instead of providing power supplies for each server.
  4. Optimize cooling systems. Overcooling your data center wastes energy. Finding a balance between removing heat from the servers and circulating airflow throughout the data center is essential in controlling costs. New technologies are being developed and deployed in datacenters nationwide to optimize cooling and air flow.
  5. Pay attention to the basics. Good data center management will have an impact on your energy costs.  Consolidating and retiring unused servers where you can will reduce your overall energy usage.  Taking into consideration operating performance and efficiency when making investments in new equipment will also help reduce energy use and costs.

Start saving money on your data center operations. If you are looking for cost-saving solutions that you can trust, contact a Usource advisor. We can work together to find the most cost-efficient strategy to optimize your data center performance.

 

* https://www.nrdc.org/resources/americas-data-centers-consuming-and-wasting-growing-amounts-energy


About the Author

Lisa Cochran brings extensive energy procurement, utility account management and consultative experience to Usource.  As a Client Development Manager at Usource, Lisa works with mid to large-size companies to develop energy procurement and management strategies that meet their financial goals and environmental objectives. 

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