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sirftum
Following are some tips/steps on How to save energy with your computer?
Step 1:
Turn your computer off completely when you know you will not be using it for more than several hours, such as overnight.

Step 2:
You can still save energy when your computer is not shut down completely by setting the power management functions on your computer to put both your monitor and computer (CPU, hard drive, etc.) into “sleep” mode after a certain amount of time of non-use, which saves energy when you are not actively using your computer. Set your monitor to go into standby mode first, followed by your computer.

Step 3:
Increase your memory (RAM) to reduce disk usage, which can be a power draw.

Step 4:
If you have a desktop computer, upgrade to an LCD flat panel monitor instead of a CRT monitor, which can account for half the energy use of a desktop computer. According to the EPA, the use of an ENERGY STAR qualified monitor can save up to 85% of the electricity used by a standard model.

Step 5:
Did you know that the power supplies for your peripherals (such as your mobile phone or iPod) still draw power even if the peripheral is not plugged in? If you plug all your electronics into one surge protector, you can easily switch them all off when you leave the room or go to sleep.

Step 6:
Shut off that printer. Printers also have a sleep mode that still consumes a significant amount of power.

Step 7:
Replace wireless mice and keyboards with wired mice. Wired mice and wired keyboards use relatively little energy and they avoid unnecessary wasting of batteries.
ForceRun
Good stuff. I personally run with everything on and overclocked and use a good amount of power.
Donutey
I'm going to modify your tips a bit since some of them can be expanded. Mr. Green

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Step 1:
Turn your computer off completely when you know you will not be using it for more than several hours, such as overnight.


A good option many people don't know about is to 'hibernate' your computer via the shutdown menu. Using the hibernate feature lets you fully power down your computer while retaining whatever programs or files you have open at the time you shut your computer down. Hibernate is usually faster to resume than completely turning on or off the computer, but slower to shut down.

Hibernate works by writing all of the contents of your RAM to the hard drive.


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Step 2:
You can still save energy when your computer is not shut down completely by setting the power management functions on your computer to put both your monitor and computer (CPU, hard drive, etc.) into “sleep” mode after a certain amount of time of non-use, which saves energy when you are not actively using your computer. Set your monitor to go into standby mode first, followed by your computer.


Good advice.

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Step 3:
Increase your memory (RAM) to reduce disk usage, which can be a power draw.


More RAM is always great, but with a SSD this is a mute point. Also, even with a traditional mechanical hard drive, you'll save at most a couple watts, since RAM also draws a good bit of power.

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Step 4:
If you have a desktop computer, upgrade to an LCD flat panel monitor instead of a CRT monitor, which can account for half the energy use of a desktop computer. According to the EPA, the use of an ENERGY STAR qualified monitor can save up to 85% of the electricity used by a standard model.


Look for a monitor that advertises LED lighting (rather than CCFL) which is more efficient and offers a better picture.

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Step 5:
Did you know that the power supplies for your peripherals (such as your mobile phone or iPod) still draw power even if the peripheral is not plugged in? If you plug all your electronics into one surge protector, you can easily switch them all off when you leave the room or go to sleep.


Most modern DC power supplies consume minimal amounts of power when not under load. TVs, DVD/CD players, and stereos etc. in 'sleep' mode 99% of the time are a bigger issue.

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Step 6:
Shut off that printer. Printers also have a sleep mode that still consumes a significant amount of power.

Step 7:
Replace wireless mice and keyboards with wired mice. Wired mice and wired keyboards use relatively little energy and they avoid unnecessary wasting of batteries.


Both are good advice.
Helios
Most people forget to turn off the lights in the bathroom/kitchen than turning off their computers, most of which go to hibernate state and don't draw as much power anyway... just saying...

Great advices there, but all this can be expanded more and beyond the computer realm.
Before you go to bed, turn off your computer(s), and on your way back after throwing out the garbage don't forget to power down the main electricity plug. Nothing will happen to your food in the fridge over night, and you'll save good amounts of energy since your whole house is shut down completely. Obviously do the same when nobody's planning to be in the house for a lengthy amount of time, like a trip or a whole day out etc...
Advice was given to me by an electricity engineer and lecturer.
aningbo
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Following are some tips/steps on How to save energy with your computer?
Step 1:
Turn your computer off completely when you know you will not be using it for more than several hours, such as overnight.

Step 2:
You can still save energy when your computer is not shut down completely by setting the power management functions on your computer to put both your monitor and computer (CPU, hard drive, etc.) into “sleep” mode after a certain amount of time of non-use, which saves energy when you are not actively using your computer. Set your monitor to go into standby mode first, followed by your computer.

Step 3:
Increase your memory (RAM) to reduce disk usage, which can be a power draw.

Step 4:
If you have a desktop computer, upgrade to an LCD flat panel monitor instead of a CRT monitor, which can account for half the energy use of a desktop computer. According to the EPA, the use of an ENERGY STAR qualified monitor can save up to 85% of the electricity used by a standard model.

Step 5:
Did you know that the power supplies for your peripherals (such as your mobile phone or iPod) still draw power even if the peripheral is not plugged in? If you plug all your electronics into one surge protector, you can easily switch them all off when you leave the room or go to sleep.

Step 6:
Shut off that printer. Printers also have a sleep mode that still consumes a significant amount of power.

Step 7:
Replace wireless mice and keyboards with wired mice. Wired mice and wired keyboards use relatively little energy and they avoid unnecessary wasting of batteries.


good piece of info. thanx/
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