Four Energy Savings Tips For Your pos system

Your point of sale system does use quite a lot of power, and so it does substantially add to the electricity bill. If you are thinking of saving on your electricity bills, then you should look at it.

There are several things you can reduce power consumption of your pos system.

1) Maybe you do not need all the computers and equipment on, all the time. To save power, consider turning off all the equipment that you don’t need. One item, in particular, to watch is laser printers, which consume a lot of power even if not in use. Have if possible one electric switch to turn off all the equipment at night so you do not accidentally leave say a printer on overnight.

2) Look at the equipment, most current equipment is more energy efficient, for example, an LCD monitors uses much less power, and I think looks better. Consider upgrading the old equipment and when you are looking to buy more modern equipment ask about its power consumption.

3) It is a good idea to set the computer to turn off the screen after a few minutes of use to save power. Check your power management plans in your computer.

4) While on the power management plans consider using the computer's automatic Sleep mode. Just make sure that these computers that you are setting for sleep are not being used for automatic backup and/or running services like Xchangeit. If so what you may consider is doing all of this on one computer so you only need one to remain on. Sleep will reduce the power consumption slightly, and the computer will restart in seconds if required. It is ideal for computer that you use off and on during the day.

If you want to go on further then Hibernation mode is something you can also consider if you are using computers that will in the course of a day will not be needed for long periods but this mode can be messy, so you will need to experiment first on how it goes. I have noticed that some peripheral equipment have problems if a computer using them wakes up from hibernation.

With these simple ideas, you should be able to save about $300/year on each computer.


  • JIm said

    Another point is that at least once a week all windows computer should be turned off for at least a few minute. This makes them run better,

  • Leon said

    Tell you what worked for us was getting a switch that turns off all the equipment attached to the computer if the computer is turned off. Once you turn off the computer, it turns off everything else and once you turn on the computer, everything starts up. I would recommend anyone to get one.

    All we do is at the end of the day turn off the computer and everything goes off.

  • Bernard said

    Embertec SmartSwitch, details are here.

    Those power boards were distributed free by the Victorian and SA governments, so we notified our clients to grab them. I got a couple too for home many years on this offer, and they are still working fine.

    They are in practice a hit and miss. Some people love them, and some have thrown them out as they proved too much trouble. Since no-one paid for them, no one is complaining. If you get one, you will need to play around with them a bit to get them working the way you need. For example, often, the router and servers need to be left on overnight.

    Furthermore, say the shop is open 10 hours but all you use the printer for in the day is half an hour. That means the printers about 9.5 hours useless on with the meter. Of course, you could say that without the meter, if you forget to switch off the printer is 23.5 hours uselessly on.

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