Microsoft joined with a new startup by the name of Verdiem and the non-profit group the Climate Savers Computing Initiative to release a tool to help consumers monitor the electricity usage of their PCs. Developed by Verdiem, the new software is named Edison and is being released free of charge to download.
Verdiem also licenses the software to HP, who includes professional versions of it on desktops and workstations sold to corporations. The HP version of the software lets users monitor exactly how much electricity is being used by their computers and set progressive energy-saving policies. The software also lets you input the local cost of electricity to break down how much the computer is costing the company every hour it’s left on. More importantly, the professional version allows IT departments to set energy-saving policies companywide, which is important since many users don’t bother to set computers to energy saving modes.