As a result of the continued rise in telecommunications services, there is more power needed, more buildings required, more vehicles on the road, more mined materials from around the globe, and more energy essential to operations to accommodate the world’s growing needs. How is the industry adapting to this increase in resources by providing more green remedies?
Some providers have joined the U.S Department of Energy’s Better Building Initiative. This initiative was designed to improve the lives of the American people by driving leadership in energy innovation. Data centers consume almost 2% of the nation’s electricity use, which may not seem like a lot but that is 70 billion kWh of electricity per year in the United States. This number will only grow larger as we innovate with new technologies. A few innovations that have resulted from the initiative include data centers partnering with local colleges to offer energy efficiency and management courses for IT curriculum, implementing LEED principles, and utilizing cooler climates to accommodate for the low temperatures necessary for data centers.
Many providers have also added solar, wind, and water derived energy solutions to their arsenal of renewable resource alternatives.
These solutions may even eventually pass on savings to customers as solar costs less than the average regular electricity resource. Some providers have pledged to be a net-zero-carbon business in the coming years as they implement a wide range of solutions including renewable energy.
Providers have also sought out the professional help of energy engineering businesses.
These businesses typically start with an assessment of the property along with the historical data of energy use and then provide recommendations based on their findings. Solutions include lighting retro-fits, energy control systems, and HVAC improvements. Depending on the budget of the provider, additional offerings include construction to provide the energy solutions, monitoring services that inform the business of any changes in energy consumption, and consulting current management on how to implement and monitor energy reduction strategies.
A local telecommunications provider implementing energy reduction into their building and practices that Verify! works with is Velocity Network located in Erie, Pennsylvania.
Velocity recently renovated a building in the downtown area and during the redesign process considered energy efficient options. Their new building was designed to use an abundance of natural light augmented by smart LED lights that adjust based on lighting needs. In addition to the innovative lighting, workspaces are left open without extra dividers by implementing white-noise to keep phone conversations private to that employee.
Regardless of the tactics used to alleviate impact on the planet, telecom, internet, and wireless technology will continue to grow at a quick pace. Although these earth-friendly solutions could potentially pass savings down to customers, it doesn’t mean that your business will see savings any time soon. See savings as soon as your next invoice by starting your telecom, internet, and wireless analysis with Verify! today. With our decades of experience, our analysts dive deep into your telecom, internet, and wireless expenses to provide your business with an inventory of accounts and unique cost-cutting and efficiency recommendations. And the best part? If we don’t find any savings, we don’t send you an invoice. Guaranteed.