The first step toward better cooling could be a call to the local power utility.
REI worked with Puget Sound Energy and its Data Center Energy Efficiency Program. CLEAResult administers the utility's program, which provides a free data center audit to zero in on efficiency projects. The Puget Sound Energy offers incentives that defray the cost of a data center retrofit. Stachowiak says the utility covered 70 percent of REI's project.
Myers said the retrofit's payback period was less than 12 months. Working with CLEAResult helped REI identify opportunities for boosting efficiency, he notes. Taking a holistic approach to the cooling improvements was key. "What we did wasnt rocket science; it wasn't space age technology. It just became a different way of seeing the opportunities and framing up the solution."
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