Idle computer? Turn it off

Old computerIf you are not using your computer for a while, like overnight, or over a weekend, turn them off (or use the sleep mode if you have one) to save energy.

Gone are the days where repeatedly turning your PC on and off was actually damaging to the machine. Today’s components can handle it just fine. In fact, some function better by having a chance to “cool down”, and you may even prolong the life of heat-sensitive components and monitors.

Although today’s PCs don’t use a lot of energy, they still draw about the same as 1 or 2 lightbulbs when idle. You wouldn’t leave the kitchen light on all night if no-one was using it, so try to think the same way about your electronic goods.

Check out the Climate Savers Computing Initiative for more ideas on how to reduce your electronic energy consumption.

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