10 easy tips to save on your computer energy usage

If you are looking for ways to cut down on your computer energy usage and reduce your electricity bill, here are a few tips you should definitely try out. Frankly, most of us would already be aware of many of the tips that I have listed here. Nevertheless, very few of us actually put them into practice. If anything, this list could be a reminder to you on how you can cut down on your computer’s running cost.

Many computer users do not bother with this at all thinking that computer uses much less energy compared to air conditioning units. But, considering the millions of computers used worldwide, even a little energy saved by each would make a big difference.

Here’s what you can do.

1. Shut down your computer when not in use. Do not let it run all the time. You will no harm your computer by switching it on and off as needed. Computers are designed to be that way.shutdown

2. Let it sleep after periods of inactivity.

3. Switch the monitor off when you won’t be using it for several hours.

4. Ditch your screensavers. Screensavers keep your CPU awake and hard drive active and make your computer use more energy. Screensavers especially photo screensavers may require the extra use of a graphics card, which means you’ll have the hard drive, graphic card and monitor all in use at once.

5. Utilize your computer’s power management features and modify power options. Here you can set the amount of time you want your computer to wait before entering energy savings mode.

6. Go for LCD monitors whenever possible. LCD monitors use about one-third of the electricity consumption of the traditional CRT monitors.

7. Close applications that are not in use.

8. Set the screen brightness at the lowest comfortable level.

9. If you do decide to purchase a new computer, make sure that you choose a computer and monitor that are Energy Star compliant. Energy Star compliant computers are said to be energy-efficient. If you need to use a computer all the time, try using a laptop instead of a desktop PC. In general, laptops are greener than desktops because they have been designed with power sensitivity in mind.

10. Unplug the chord off the wall after using your computer. Just because your computer is shut down doesn’t mean it is not using energy. Many pieces of electronics use some power even when they are turned off.

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