Stay Cool While Saving Energy in Your Data Center

Data centers are not just multi-megawatt facilities powering the “cloud.” There are modest-sized, distributed IT rooms found in most commercial and industrial facilities. Data center spaces can consume between 100 to 200 times more electricity than standard office spaces. With such high energy consumption, they are prime targets for energy-efficiency measures. Whether you are looking at a new or an existing data center, you can dramatically reduce its energy consumption with the right combination of IT infrastructure and facilities strategies. ComEd’s Smart Ideas for Your Business® can help you identify energy-saving opportunities for your data center. With Smart Ideas incentives in the mix you can maximize energy-efficiency and ensure a reasonable return on your investment.

Program opportunities to significantly improve data center energy efficiency include:

  • Data center cooling optimization measures, including major system replacements, central plant upgrades, variable speed drives, control systems, high-density cooling solutions and economizers
  • Power delivery and condition system improvements, including uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) and power distribution unit (PDU) upgrades
  • IT optimization measures, including virtualization, consolidation, thin-provisioning and solid state storage

Available Programs & Incentives:

Not sure where to start?

Call 855-433-2700 and request a Smart Ideas for Your Business Opportunity Assessment. A ComEd energy advisor will assess your facility and equipment for potential electrical savings during a two-hour site walkthrough.

Within three weeks, you will receive a high-level summary recommending energy-saving changes and upgrades that can improve the energy efficiency of your business.

After you have decided which energy-saving improvements you want to make, consult the ComEd Trade Ally Directory to find a contractor who can provide the products and services you need and help you apply for Smart Ideas incentives.

Average Energy Use

  Chiller 33%
  IT Equipment 30%
  UPS 18%
  CRAC 9%
  PDU 5%
  Humidifier 3%
  Other 2%

* Five years ago, the energy consumption profile for an average data center was much different. Technological advancements and a growing list of energy-efficient base practices has enabled today’s data centers operators to satisfy increasing IT load and uptime requirements, while maximizing energy efficiency. How does your facility measure up?