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Rock a Bye Computer on the Desktop….

2012 April 10

By Steve Ryan

Have you ever had trouble sleeping at night and the next day you feel drained?  Well, it may surprise you to learn that your computer may be experiencing insomnia as well.  In fact, it may not be getting any sleep at all resulting in a big energy drain.  While it may still perform with no problems, your electricity bill may not fare so well.

Did you know that you can save energy, help protect the environment, and shave up to $75 off your annual electric bill by activating the power management features on your computer? Get step by step instructions here to learn how easy it is to set your computer to automatically switch to sleep mode, which also allows it to run cooler and last longer.

You can shave the energy use of your laptop too, by activating your laptop’s system standby and hibernate features in the AC power profile—which will save power when the notebook is plugged into the wall.

I also recommend against using a screensaver when your computer monitor is not active (let it switch to sleep mode or turn the monitor off instead). Today’s monitors no longer need screen savers to help extend their life and certain screen savers can double a computer’s energy use.

If you really want to save some more energy (and looking for a potential raise), check to see if your office computer is going to sleep. Even if there are only 50 computers in your office, you could possibly save your employer up to $3,500 in annual energy costs by making the switch. Work for a bigger organization? General Electric activated the power management features on 75,000 computers and saved an estimated $2.5 million in one year.

But don’t feel like you have to save the whole world. Start at home and just take one simple step that will save you money and help the environment…helping you sleep better at night!

For more tips and information about computer power management, visit ENERGY STAR’s website.

About the author: Steve Ryan joined EPA’s ENERGY STAR program in 1999.

Editor's Note: The opinions expressed here are those of the author. They do not reflect EPA policy, endorsement, or action, and EPA does not verify the accuracy or science of the contents of the blog.

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7 Responses leave one →
  1. Arman.- permalink
    April 11, 2012

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  2. kiyohisa tanada permalink
    April 11, 2012

    The desktop PC surely wastes electricity.
    A display wastes it in particular.
    Though, until ten years ago, a desktop PC was natural,
    Though the note PC was inferior in performance,
    The change of the times is early

  3. May 4, 2012

    With the launch of LED monitors, great amount of energy is saved everyday. With new monitors and computers we don’t need any screen savers, the monitors automatically going to sleep mode when it is in inactive state. Great post,save the power.

  4. June 27, 2012

    Many of my friends go away and leave everything turned on at the wall including the pc and tvs. The problem with countries eg. in asia is that many of the outlets dont have a switch and so each time to stop the problems you outlined above you have to unplug the entire plug from the wall which is a pain in the neck.

  5. August 10, 2012

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