I have read the article, and the linked article (http://www.infoworld.com/d/green-it/when-pcs-dont-snooze-you-lose-634?source=fssr
I still have not found a definition of 'power down' or 'monitor'.
Do they refer, hit the power button and pull the plug, or use stand by and hibernate?
What kind of monitor? CRT, LCD, Plasma, etc.? Is the monitor powered down (see above) or in stand by/(Energy Star)power save-stand by?
I think part of the reason that the research has been discounted, is that the scientific method was not followed. If these questions are left vague, how can any results be accurate?
As a side question, FTA - "Powering down those systems can result in as much as $45 in energy savings per PC and $30 per monitor, per year, according to Energy Star. Just chew on that for a moment. That's $75 a year, times the number of PCs and monitors at your organization. Or you can take the more conservative figure of $25."
This leads to WTF?! Who is doing the math here?