|Saving the Environment and all that jazz
||[May. 6th, 2007|05:09 pm]
Nobody ever turns the lights off at work out here when they leave for the day. I mean nobody. Ever. As for their computer screens -- forget about it. Which is sad because wasted office electricity contributes more to global warming than automobiles, and yet is rarely talked about.
Of course I'm not about to give my office mates lectures on saving power -- there's no reason for me to be That Annoying Guy Down the Hall. The most I'll do is turn off my monitor and the lights when I leave. You can't save the environment by to annoying people into it (which will likely backfire anyway) but by incentivizing them.
The administration at UT (at least CS) is amazingly incompetent. How much does it take to install motion sensors in all the offices and turn the lights off automatically? It'll pay for itself in power bill savings in perhaps 3 months. And turning off monitors requires only a software change.
Forget any of that -- I can't get them to give me a key to my own desk drawer, the sound doesn't work on my own computer (on which I don't have root priveleges, so I can't fix it), and for a long time I had no office telephone. What they're really good at doing is installing annoying combination locks on all the doors and changing the number every once in a while in the name of security.
But getting back to the environment, if only we all had to buy the right to pollute, and there were a market for energy credits, wasteful power consumption would be cut in half overnight. Ironically, large corporations (in my admittedly limited experience) are a lot better than anyone else at saving power in the office, because they have the clear financial incentive to do it. Put that on your regulation loving pipe and smoke it.