Friday August 27th is the third annual Power IT Down day. This event (sponsored by Citrix, Intel, HP and GTSI) encourages public sector agencies, and the industry partners that serve them, to power down their computers, printers, monitors and other peripherals at the end of the work day on August 27 in an effort to help the government reduce its energy consumption.

Power IT Down Day estimates that one computer, monitor and printer use about 13 kilowatt hours (kWh) overnight. So, for years in which Power IT Down Day falls on a weekday, we add 13 kWh for each person who registers to participate. Since August 27, 2010, falls on a Friday, our potential for energy savings increases dramatically. On average, one computer, monitor and printer turned off at the end of the work day on Friday will save about 55 kWh over the entire weekend.

Power IT Down Day 2009 saved about 73,000 kWh in a single night – enough energy to power the homes of 77 U.S. families for an entire month.

Each year, the Power IT Down Day sponsors make a symbolic donation to illustrate the ways in which we can all do something important with the money we save on reduced energy consumption. In 2009, the Power IT Down Day sponsors donated a total of $45,000 to the Wounded Warrior Project.

To sign up to Power IT Down, go to http://www.poweritdown.org