Technology: Energy Saving Practices for Your Computer

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How can you save more on the amount of energy your computer consumes? Follow these three practical tips and you will be on your way to reducing your computer’s energy use.

People are slowly but surely becoming more conscious of the footprint that they are making on the environment. As such, saving energy is becoming a greater priority to a growing segment of the population. Still, people are confused as to what the best energy saving practices are as it pertains to their computer. Should sleep mode be implemented? Does it hurt the computer to turn it on or off? What are the best way to save energy practices?  The answer to these and other questions is largely a matter of your personal computer work processes and habits.

Sleep vs. Shutdown

When a computer is shutdown, it takes quite a bit more time to boot up. On the other hand, “sleep” mode boots up faster, but is still using a constant stream of energy although it is about 20 to 50 times less than when the computer is being used. So what’s the happy medium? You can easily automate your power settings so that your computer goes into “sleep” mode after a few minutes of inactivity.  At the end of the workday, save energy by completely shutting the computer down.

Turning the Computer On and Off

If your computer is inactive for several hours at a time, it may make more sense to completely shut the computer down during these times. Contrary to what many people believe, it does not hurt your computer to frequently shut it down and boot it up again. Another surprise is that it doesn’t take any more energy either.

Making Use of Power Stripping

A big energy saver is in the use of a simple power strip. Computers and other electrical appliances use energy even when they are turned off. This energy use is called “phantom load” or “vampire draw”. With all peripheral units plugged into one power source, you can easily kill the electricity to all of your equipment by flipping one switch when you are done working for the day.

By following just a few simple tips, you can reduce the energy that your computer consumes.

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