Solving the electric crisis
As we face another threat of blackouts in California, I have realized realized a real opportunity for power savings. Many computer data centers are excessively air conditioned, and California has many, especially in Silicon Valley. Most computer equipment is designed to work properly up to 100F. Even with a wide margin for error, computer centers need not be cooled to 65F or lower. So instead, turn up the thermostats and add fans to circulate the air and prevent hotspots. Businesses will reap the savings, and we’ll all rest easier.