A new computer programme designed by a software developer in Scotland promises to provide companies with energy savings of up to 40 per cent.
Carbon Control Software (CSS) claims that its new application, which automatically switches machines into standby mode if they are not being used, could cut carbon emission rates by the same amount as removing 100,000 cars from the road, if every person in Scotland used it on their PC.
The firm claims that a computer left running 24 hours a day would emit 716kg of carbon over 12 months, noting that PCs count for as much as 10 per cent of the UK's total energy consumption.
Research from the company also suggests that approximately one in three people leave their computer on when it is not use, particularly at their places of work.
"Our climate is changing," CSS director Stephen Grant told reporters. "This innovative system will allow businesses to take a significant step in responding to the growing concerns of our impact on the environment, whilst reducing energy bills."
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