## Save Energy Save Money

At the point where electrical service enters the structure will be a meter of some sort that is used by the electrical company to measure total usage. Executives only see this as a total expense; they do not know how much an individual department consumes.

Figure 3-1

METRICS MEASURE THE "HOW MUCH" OF A PROBLEM: HOW MUCH ELECTRICITY IS USED IN A MONTH, HOW MANY SERVERS WE MIGHT VIRTUALIZE, HOW MANY PIECES OF EQUIPMENT WILL REQUIRE DISPOSAL THIS YEAR, AND SO ON

### Figure 3-1

METRICS MEASURE THE "HOW MUCH" OF A PROBLEM: HOW MUCH ELECTRICITY IS USED IN A MONTH, HOW MANY SERVERS WE MIGHT VIRTUALIZE, HOW MANY PIECES OF EQUIPMENT WILL REQUIRE DISPOSAL THIS YEAR, AND SO ON

This total number includes all uses of electricity in that structure. Power used for running a coffee pot is mixed in with electricity needed to run a printer. The total electrical usage for a facility is a good baseline number for the company to begin with. If your efforts are successful, this number will decline. If this building only houses the data center, then it alone may be adequate.

Find out how much your company pays per kilowatt-hour of electricity. It is different from what you pay at home. This data is usually found in the Facilities or Accounts Payable departments.