How to- 5 Steps to Make Your Computer Energy Efficient
If you’re in the habit of leaving your computer on when it’s not in use, you could be wasting up to$50 annually in electricity costs for each computer you own. These five steps can help you run your computer more efficiently and save you money. Even businesses can get in on the savings by making some simple adjustments to ensure computers are running efficiently and cost-effectively.
- To get your computer in energy efficient shape, try these five steps: Monitors: Turn your monitor off if you plan to be away from your screen for a longer period of time. Not only will this save energy but it will also extend the life of your monitor. Note that if your monitor is more than 20 years old, you shouldn’t turn it on and off frequently.
- Screen Savers: Don’t rely on screen savers to help you save energy. Believe it or not, a screen saver actually uses a great deal of energy. In fact, a screen saver will not only draw power for the monitor but will also keep the central processing unit from shutting down. Change your settings so your computer goes into “sleep mode” instead.
- Games: Always close applications that aren’t in use. Many popular computer games are left running in the background while multitasking, which will not allow the computer to go to sleep, even if the game is paused. Closing unused apps reduces your computer’s workload and will also increase your computer’s speed.
- Manage Power: Activate power management settings on your computer. Your computer should come equipped with power management tools that allow you to control how your computer consumes energy, when it enters sleep modes and how it powers up or down.
To activate these settings, visit the link of the operating system you run on your computer and follow the steps to make your computer run more efficiently:
While in the low-power or sleep mode these computers will not lose network connections keeping your data secure, allowing greater use of low power modes.
If you want to know just how much these simple steps can save you, check out the Energy Star Computer Power Management Savings Calculator to estimate your typical savings from qualified Energy Star computers and/or power management features.