The Planet Extends Green Initiatives with Lights-Out Program

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The Planet, the global leader in IT hosting, today announced initial results of its lights-out program, a company-wide initiative to reduce energy consumption through more efficient use of lighting. Implemented across all of its facilities in Houston and Dallas, the company will reduce its yearly energy consumption by more than 1.4 million kilowatt hours, delivering an annual cost savings of almost $140,000.

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At The Planet we employ a common-sense approach to energy conservation, so our lights-out program focuses on another simple solution to reduce energy consumption.

In The Planet's six data centers, with more than 56,000 servers, the company initiated a lights-on policy from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., down from 24 hours a day. Data-center technicians who work around the clock now turn on lights as needed in computer rooms. To decrease the need to illuminate overhead lights, the company programmed lamps in main areas to be in a "constant on" state: When the main light switch is "off," a few overhead lamps remain on.

The lights-off policy extends to all data center facilities, including the computer, electrical, battery, UPS and mechanical rooms.

The program also extends to the company's corporate offices in Dallas and Houston. Motion-sensor lighting has been installed in all individual offices, with main lighting and HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) programmed to run from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. For 12 hours of the day, 95 percent of office lighting remains off. Only the areas staffed 24/7, including the Call Center, Network Operations Center and Sales, have the option for after-hours zone lighting and HVAC.

"Texas is the energy capital of the world, so we're acutely aware of conserving resources," said Jeff Lowenberg, The Planet's vice president of facilities. "At The Planet we employ a common-sense approach to energy conservation, so our lights-out program focuses on another simple solution to reduce energy consumption."

About The Planet

The Planet is the leading provider of On Demand IT Infrastructure solutions, hosting more than 22,000 small- and medium-size businesses and 7.7 million Web sites worldwide. The Planet Alpha division provides the widest array of self-managed dedicated servers and advanced services backed by 24x7x365 support. The Planet Northstar Managed Hosting division combines a proactive methodology and seasoned IT experts to deliver a fully managed hosting solution. With the best choice of servers, software tools and world-class support, backed by state-of-the-art facilities and an enterprise-class network, The Planet turns IT into a powerful competitive advantage that enables customers to grow their businesses. For additional information, visit http://www.theplanet.com.

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