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Published on 01.02.06 by Brent Trahan

Ways To Reduce Computer Energy Consumption

Learn how to set your computer to use less electricity.

There are a few things you can do to make your computer more efficient when it comes to reducing how much energy it uses.

First you need to right click on an empty space on your desktop and select properties. Once the display properties box opens click on the screen saver tab. You should see a window similar to the one below.

You can save the most energy by setting your monitor to automatically turn off after a specified time of inactivity. Do this by clicking the drop down box to the the right of turn off monitor and selecting how long you want the computer to wait before it turns off the monitor after it notices you’re not using it. I like 30 minutes or 1 hour.

You can set your computer to turn off your hard drive(s) after a period of inactivity where it says turn off hard disk. I wouldn’t set this too low because turning your hard drive on and off takes its toll on the hard drive after a while. I would set it at 2 hours.

You can also set your computer to standby after a period of time. When it stands by it shuts down everything it can while still keeping the computer running. You can set this by clicking the drop down box to the right of system standby. I wouldn’t set it under 2 hours.

You can also make your computer hibernate after a period of time. When a computer hibernates it saves everything that it’s doing and then powers the computer down. When you turn it back on it boots up to exactly the way it was when it shut down.

Please note: If you’re computer lacks in RAM (512Mb or less) this feature could possibly cause problems. I’m not saying it will but it could cause problems. I don’t like to use it unless you have a good amount of memory.

If you notice your computer is not hibernating click on the hibernate tab in the power options properties box (shown above) and make sure the box is checked next to enable hibernation. If you had to change this setting restart your computer for the changes to take affect.

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