It's a good probability that you're reading this from a computer at your office or home, and chances are that at the end of the day when you leave work or go to bed, that computer will stay on. At the very least your monitor might be set to go to sleep after a few minutes, but your computer's still on and sucking away electricity that will cost you monthly. We highlight some tips on how to quickly and easily shut down and startup your computer to halve your PC's contribution to the electric bill consumption.
We've talked a lot about energy conservation and how much your tech costs you when it shows up on your power bill. Consider if your computer is on 24 hours a day at home, turning the computer off while you're sleeping and at the office can cut 2/3 of the power usage of your computer! Even if you take into account possible lower computing usage loads, an auto-off LCD, or lower power rates in the evening, that's still a good chunk of change. Your computer at work is just as bad of an offender, lonely running antivirus software while you're away. We highlight some easy ways for you to shut down and power up your computer without causing too much of an inconvenience to you (which presumably is why we keep them on in the first place).
Auto Shutdown After 20 Minutes of Inactivity
Set your computer to shut itself down when you're done using it. If 20 minutes isn't enough for you, go ahead and adjust this to a longer time period because in the long run you're still shutting it down for much longer periods of inactivity. You can even enter custom settings, say having your LCD powering off after 10 minutes but the computer staying on for 30.
Auto Power Up In the Morning
Just as you set your alarm clock to wake yourself up in the morning, chances are your computer can do the same. Access your computer's BIOS settings to set an alarm for your computer to automatically turn itself on when you wake. If your computer doesn't inherently support this feature there's software out there that you can purchase to do the same task. Do this for your home when you normally wake up, your office when you arrive, and your home again when you return from a hard day's work.
Tweaking a few settings on your computer will ensure your computer's always on and ready when you need it, yet doesn't needlessly waste electricity when you don't.
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