I've found really interesting article in newsletters that I am subscribing, and I thought that this news should be spread.
Small quote for lazy ones:
And the first hand info along with a savings calculator:
Interesting stuff. I know I am guilty of leaving PCs on when I'm not using them, shame servers don't work when turned off....
i have to turn the power off since i got my last elecy bill!!!
It's actually a big debate (ever since I have been around computers) on to keep them on or off.
For the past few years I've been turning mine off at night but now I'm starting to leave them on 24/7.
It's been said that your system can last longer if it is on, since by pushing the power button on your PC, you are drawing a LOT of electicity through all of it's components to get it booted (which might cause a fault and drive up your electricity bill) and if you keep it on all the time, you are using less electricity and may save your PC from high electrical charges when it's being turned on every morning.
I turn off my monitors every night as that is not necessary to have on. One big concern with older monitors is inactivity, which may cause screen burns if you use a screensaver that is not very colorful, like how older ATM machines are like.
I have 4 PC's on all the time now (including this one as one of them) that works for a scientific research project called Seti@Home, it is basically using your PC's unused resources searching for aliens through data "packets" that are downloaded from their program to be processed. When packets are completed, they are uploaded to their website and you are issued with more. If anyone was interested, check out http://setiathome.ssl.berkeley.edu/ .
Might be something to think about.
I use a similar program to that one and it is called folding@home and you download a piece of information and it procceses it then sends it back to them here is the website for it http://folding.stanford.edu/
With the way my network works I can't really shut off my comps. I don't beleive in standby. I have had bad expieiences with it in the past and feal that it used more power to power up again and again rather than to leave it running. I do power off my moniter when it I am not using my computer and have it autmatically shut itself off. With the prise of LCDs I will get an LCD for any new computers and replace broken moniters with them as well. My brothers (the Piga Software ones) currently have a 15 inch CRT moniter. When we have money I thik we will get a 17 inch LCD to updgrade them.
The best way to save power is to switch to flurescent bulbs. We swtiched and out power bill went down dramatically (which is really important in unregulated Alberta). We have horrid rural power and only one bulb has needed changing in three years. That bulb always gae us problems and we suspect it had a factory defect. With incondecents we need to change bulbs every two weeks.
What about Hibernation? It stores the data in the RAM to the HDD and with it resumes, the RAM in the Hard Drive will restore back to the RAM module.
Because Hard Disk is non-voltaile, it does not consume electricity when the power is off.
my pc is running 24/7 becouse of emule...
i just turn off the scren..