If we eliminated the energy being WASTED right now, the annual savings would be more than $6.67 billion dollars. The only essential requirement to eliminating this waste is for each person to change their attitude to energy. Technology will help, but saving must start with a personal commitment to make change, spending the time to learn how, and then doing it!
A recent WPS study of Microsoft Office distribution concluded that "digital delivery reduced total tonnes of carbon emissions by 88%. Although it may be better to consider actual savings for most digital downloads to be more like 65% to 70%, there is clearly a significant energy savings opportunity for home office and business users to be achieved, if they will use this capability.
For more than 20 years, Joel Makower has been a well-respected voice on business, the environment, and the bottom line. In his introduction to State of Green Business 2011 he writes "The fourth annual edition of our State of Green Business report continues our efforts to measure the environmental impacts of the emerging green economy. We document how well -- or poorly -- companies are improving their performance despite the challenges posed by the Great Recession, and begin to note promising signs for a sea change in corporate sustainability efforts. "