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July 23, 2010

Alteva Touts Green Advantages of Hosted UC

By David Sims, TMCnet Contributing Editor

You might have noticed companies concentrating more heavily on issues relating to greener technologies. High level executives are being instructed to find ways to become more energy efficient and develop conservation initiatives for their companies to reduce energy use, costs and even their carbon footprints.

According to officials of Alteva, a hosted Unified Communications (News - Alert) service provider, the company “not only embraces green initiatives in its day-to-day operations, but also offers a product that is truly green."  

When a customer chooses a hosted vs. premise based phone product for its communications, Alteva (News - Alert) officials say, they contribute to an overall reduction in resources and costs of power and cooling "by up to 84 percent. By reducing energy consumption you reduce the carbon dioxide gas emissions produced as a byproduct of generating electricity." Based on today’s Alteva subscriber base and the reduction of premise-based equipment, it is estimated that, using this method of calculation, their products reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 900,000 pounds per year, according to company officials. This is equivalent to the emissions generated in 64 average homes annually, the company estimates.

 Additional contributing factors to such hosted-service savings include the ability to support home teleworking, video conferencing and remote meetings, less maintenance and site support visits, lower power consumption, money saved on gas, reduced traffic congestion and CO2 emissions pollution.

Alteva officials also noted other methods of reducing energy consumption:

LCD monitors installed on desktop to replace older CRT – electric savings.

Programmable thermostats installed for heating/cooling savings.

Motion sensors installed in bathroom lighting, conference room, lunch room to turn lights off when not in use.

Huge fans installed in manufacturing plant to reduce heating costs by 20 percent in winter. The units push the warm air back to the floor where it is needed.

High efficiency lighting installed in shop and offices to reduce lighting energy costs.

David Sims is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of David’s articles, please visit his columnist page. He also blogs for TMCnet here.

Edited by Ed Silverstein

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