According to a new reports UK businesses are losing £300 million powering computers overnight each year. The study was conducted by a firm called 1E and found that nearly a third of UK employees leave their computers on all the time.
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Each of the computers left running overnight rack up about £17 in electrical costs each year. However, data suggests that as much as 70% of workers leave their PCs on.
That makes sense in the business world where backups are often set to run at night along with updates to prevent drops in productivity. I would imagine some of that is simply the cost of doing business.