Computers are one of the sneakiest power vampires - whether your actual computer or one inside your appliances. You can save power on all your appliances and that includes your desktop computer or laptop, with a few little interventions. Simply activating the standby and hibernation settings on your computer could save you $75 annually per computer.
Appliances all use power in active and passive standby. While it isn't a lot in a single sitting, it adds up over time. The reason power is being used is based on the functions performed while waiting to be reactivated. This might include clocks, fans etc.
In the case of a computer, if you want it completely off without hitting the off button, choose 'hibernation' as it will turn off every part of your computer (after saving the actual data to the disk). 'Standby mode' will use power while waiting for further commands.
Here are a couple of simple tips to set up you computer to minimise energy use:
By only charging your laptop when it no longer or has little battery life, you will not only conserve power but also help maintain the laptop's battery life. See Electric Power Vampires and How to Stop Them.
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