MS schools blog did have some info on it. Look at power saving on stuff virtualization to save power. Could save money on your phone call costs?
Last edited by Iain.Faulkner; 21st March 2014 at 03:46 PM.
Got Paper cut running on Ricoh in one of my schools at it very good.
If you really want to save money go ubuntu + open source programs.
2. Migrate to Google Apps or Office 365 (both free) and make use of Google Drive or One Drive to also reduce need to print (share, don't print)
3. Switch from PCs to Chromebooks and Chromebox. Inexpensive and integrated into Google Apps if you go that route. Limited? Yes. They asked you to put forward cost cutting measures. Cost cutting when their is little fat has consequences. In this case the change would be painful, but might actually lead to big savings and improved productivity in the long-run. No software licensing costs, reduces backend server requirements (file servers, reduce number of DCs, backup storage and software). It would also reduce your support costs in the long term (though not at the start).
You can alter the fonts to be printer friendly and this shaves around 5% from overall printing. Print management could be another area such as papercut to enforce restrictions on printing.
Managed service printers can be good. Whilst they may have a slightly higher up front cost, you can save around 10-15k over 3 years on your consumables alone depending on how much you spend currently. (my place we worked out an 11k saving in our first year!!)
Energy consumption on projectors and printers are another area. Printers, mods and projectors get left on over night. Ensure they are turned off at the end of the day. Not only does it increase printer life span but also projector life span. Same for the IT rooms at the end of the day. Doing at the plug cuts all energy to the devices. Certainly handy. Can save upto £1000 a year here.
No school can go paperless entirely due to letters to parents etc, but removing local printers and going to larger more economical shared printers is definitely better.
Also stock up on peripherals such as keyboards and much. Buying them in bulk can save you a bit of money and if you average how many you go through in a term you can extrapolate how many you need in a school year. So you can make small savings here.
Software wise you can save by going to software as a service for some products like office and sims.
We constantly request teachers to turn off projectors when not needed, they just don't do cooperate. We have just said they must print to a mailbox rather than directly to the printers. Some have done it but not many. In many cases, teachers seem to think these things simply don't apply to them. Until SLT get tough, then it will continue.
You could buy and fit some ISYS Bulbmasters. They extend the life of the projector bulbs and projectors by nearly %75 and also reduce the amount of electricity by the same. We save one of our schools £9000 every 756 days.
You can off course set a reasonable idle time for the machine and have the projector shutdown without detected input. That's all I had to do.
Ah, I see is it an IR recording/transmitting box so you can send the projector a shutdown?
You found it. If the projector is left on at break, dinner times etc the the device turns it off. If the projector is off then it does nothing. We save them a fortune. Typical daily use before the bulbmaster was 6.79 hours a day. After they were fitted 2.42 hours per day. Saving 4.37 hours of bulb and also 1180 watts per day of electricity per projector.
We just set a shutdown task on the all the Computers and then configured all the projectors to a no signal standby timeout for a controlled shutdown, job done.
It saves the projector running 24/7 like a lot of them used to.
People would have more of a energy saving attitude if it was their money paying for the bulbs, power etc.
Thats an arbitrary number, but ok. Most schools I know have more than that. I do find it amazing you sign up today and mention these products however
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