Our Footprints Are Heavy

The average American emits 20-25 tons of CO2 per year. That adds up to an enormous carbon footprint. There is simply no way to reduce our individual consumption to zero. But by leveraging technology to save industrial consumption, such as data center power usage, then a small number of people can make a big difference. In fact, this is the only way to reduce an individual's combined footprint to zero, or even negative. We can visualize this in terms of cars and their footprint.

A typical car emits about 5 tons of CO2 per year. So an American's footprint can be thought of as 4-5 cars. A 440 Watt data center server creates about 5.3 tons of CO2 per year. So a rack of 20 servers creates the CO2 impact of roughly 20 cars! The calculator below shows how to estimate the effects of a modest improvement in your data center power efficiency.


Go Carbon Negative

This calculator estimates power savings and footprint reduction for data centers. Average data center rack power utilization is 55%, and generally the default Current Efficiency Level (PUE = 2.00) is roughly correct. Increasing this by Ampient's target 15% results in a PUE roughly between 1.4 and 1.5. On a touch/mobile device, touch the slider once to select, and touch again to move to that value. Next select your state (to get approximate utility rates) and then enter total IT (rack) Load.

As you can see, a modest 15% improvement results in effectively hundreds or thousands of cars off the road (and $1M+ per year electrical savings alone). Now that's a gift to the planet! To see how this translates into total cost savings, please see Save Costs.

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