User Decided Power Management Program

The Penn State User Decided Power Management Program allows IT staff to empower their end users with ways to reduce their workstation's energy consumption while it is not in use. The program is designed to allow the end user to decide what power settings should be applied to their system and to change the settings when necessary. 

The program provides users with the ability to reduce their energy footprint, while also being flexible enough to avoid interfering with their productivity:

  • The program is opt-in so that users can choose to actively participate in saving energy.
  • Users can easily choose the appropriate power saving settings for their workstation. The program has 4 power saving levels: Aggressive, Moderate, Minimal, and None.
  • Users can change their active power profile as needed to adjust the power settings of their workstation.
  • Users may choose to stop using (or opt-out of) the program at any time.

How does it work?

The User Decided Power Management Program takes advantage of features included in BigFix Enterprise that automate power saving settings on workstations. Because of this, the BigFix client must be installed on the workstation before the program can be activated. The program works on both Windows and Mac OS X.

Windows

In order to use User Decided Power Management Program, it must be enabled in BigFix by IT staff. Once enabled, users will see a BigFix icon in their task tray:BigFix Support Center Tray Icon

If you do not see this icon, contact your local IT department for assistance.

Clicking the BigFix icon will launch the BigFix Support Center. On the offers tab, users that have not previously opted-in to the program should see the offer Opt-In to the PSU User Decided Power Management Program. When selected, users see a description of the program and can click the accept this offer link to opt-in to the program.

A screenshot of the BigFix Support Center that shows the opt-in offer

Users can click the Progress tab and check on the status of the offer that they just accepted. Additionally, users should receive a popup notification when the action completes.

Shortly after the user has opted-in to the program, several power profiles will appear on the Offers tab of the BigFix Support Center. The user can apply a profile by selecting it and then clicking the accept this offer link.

When the power profile has been applied, users should see a popup notification that indicates that the action has completed:

Users are able to change their active power profile at any time by clicking the BigFix icon and choosing a different power profile on the Offers tab of the BigFix Support Center. Additionally, users can opt-out of the program by activating the Opt-Out of the PSU User Decided Power Management Program offer.

Mac OS X

In order to use User Decided Power Management Program, it must be enabled in BigFix by IT staff. Once enabled, users will see a BigFix icon in their dock: 

If you do not see this icon, contact your local IT department for assistance.

Clicking the BigFix icon will launch the BigFix Support Center. On the offers tab, users that have not previously opted-in to the program should see the offer Opt-In to the PSU User Decided Power Management Program. When selected, users see a description of the program and can click the accept this offer link to opt-in to the program.

Users can click the Progress tab and check on the status of the offer that they just accepted. Additionally, users should receive a popup notification when the action completes.

Shortly after the user has opted-in to the program, several power profiles will appear on the Offers tab of the BigFix Support Center. The user can apply a profile by selecting it and then clicking the accept this offer link.

When the power profile has been applied, users should see a popup notification that indicates that the action has completed:

Users are able to change their active power profile at any time by clicking the BigFix icon and choosing a different power profile on the Offers tab of the BigFix Support Center. Additionally, users can opt-out of the program by activating the Opt-Out of the PSU User Decided Power Management Program offer.

Information for Administrators

Instructions for enabling the PSU User Decided Power Management Program can be found here.

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Last Updated November 25, 2014