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Use These Tips to Save on Computer Power

Utilize your power more effectively.

Utilize your power more effectively.

Tips To Make Your Computer Use Less Power

Computers often suck up power, but they do not need to. Ones most thirsty for energy are desktops which are high-powered with graphics hardware dedicated to gaming, but modern PCs are more energy-efficient than older ones.

There are numerous tips for saving computer power on your PC to assist you in using much less power.

  1. Do not use screensavers. Rather than using a screensaver, have your monitor move into suspend mode automatically when not using it. There is almost no power used during this state, and you are able to immediately return to the desktop by touching keyboard or moving mouse cursor.
  2. Brightness level. Brightness level needs to be set appropriately for your room. You are using unnecessary power if it is brighter than need be.
  3. Use hibernate and sleep modes. You do not need to shut down your computer and reboot each time you walk away and back again. However, your computer should not be left on at all times either. Instead, use your computer’s hibernate or sleep modes when it is not in use. You either can have your computer go into hibernation or sleep from the Start menu instead of shutting down, or have your computer automatically sleep when not in use. There is almost no power used when in sleep mode, and within a few seconds return to your open programs on your desktop. If you decide to use hibernation mode instead, there is almost no power used still, but returning to your desktop may take slightly longer than with sleep mode.
  4. Use SmartStrip to plug in all equipment. In majority of homes, computers are used in evenings for a bit of gaming, web surfing, and other miscellaneous activities or work. Many times people need several peripheral for this to be achieved, such as a monitor, speakers, router, printer, and so forth. When the evening ends, people tend to shut their computers off but leave these other pieces of equipment running, draining electricity. When using a SmartStrip, users are able to plug their computer into the master outlet, while other slots on the strip have all other devices plugged into them. Then, other outlets receive energy when computer is turned on, and when turned off, power to other outlets is shut off automatically. Now, when you shut power off each night to your computer, all power to your peripherals is shut off as well.
  5. When replacing equipment, “go green” with EnergyStar 4.0 compliant. You want to replace your older equipment with ones that use minimal energy when time to replace them. EnergyStar 4.0 compliant computers compared to machines that are non-EnergyStar use 25% less energy. That can be a huge savings for people using computers over time.

These are five simple ways of saving power with your computer, making them kilowatt hours add up. Make sure to know how to care for the power cord on your PC.

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