How to reduce your PC’s energy usage

How to reduce your PC’s energy usage

Did you know that a desktop computer setup, complete with loudspeakers and a printer, can use almost 600 kWh each year if it's on for eight hours daily? Luckily, by following some simple tips, you can cut down on your electricity usage.

Adjust your monitor’s brightness

Most modern monitors come with built-in sensors that automatically adjust screen brightness based on the ambient light in the room. Additionally, you can manually reduce the brightness of your monitor to cut down on power consumption. Lowering the brightness not only saves energy but also reduces eye strain.

Turn off and unplug when not in use

Leaving your computer on all day, even when not in use, can waste a significant amount of energy. If you’re stepping away for an extended period, it’s best to shut down and unplug your computer. Even when switched off, a plugged-in computer can draw standby power. For short breaks, consider turning off your monitor or putting your laptop into sleep or hibernation mode to conserve energy.

Enable power-saving settings

Your PC most likely has built-in power-saving features — use them. Set your computer to enter sleep or hibernation mode after a period of inactivity. These settings significantly reduce energy use by cutting power to nonessential components without fully shutting down your system.

Use a smart power strip

Smart power strips can help eliminate standby power consumption. These devices automatically cut off power to peripherals like printers and speakers when your computer is turned off or in sleep mode, preventing unnecessary energy use.

Choose a laptop over a desktop

Laptops are inherently designed to be more energy-efficient than desktop computers. Their components are optimized for minimal power consumption to prolong battery life, making laptops a greener choice for your computing needs.

Unplug your laptop once fully charged

It’s easy to forget about your laptop while it’s charging, but leaving it plugged in for extended periods can lead to overcharging, which degrades the battery. Additionally, a plugged-in charger consumes power even when it’s not actively charging your laptop. To conserve energy and maintain battery health, make sure to unplug your charger once your laptop is fully charged.

Detach external devices when not in use

External devices such as printers, scanners, and webcams continue to draw power even when idle, contributing to unnecessary energy consumption. Make it a habit to disconnect any peripherals that are not in use. The benefits of this simple step are twofold: it reduces energy usage and extends the lifespan of your devices by preventing wear from constant power flow. Moreover, unplugging external devices can declutter your workspace and streamline your computer's performance by reducing the load on its power supply.

Upgrade to energy-efficient hardware

Consider upgrading to energy-efficient components, such as SSDs instead of traditional hard drives, and using power supplies with high-efficiency ratings. Newer hardware is often designed to be more energy-efficient, which can lead to significant energy savings over time.

By implementing these tips, you can lower your electricity bills and make more informed hardware choices. If you need assistance selecting the best hardware for your company's needs, don't hesitate to reach out.

Published with permission from TechAdvisory.org. Source.


Shawn Meyer

Shawn Meyer

Shawn has over 20 years experience in utilizing various technologies for implementation, management, and administration of Fortune 100 Enterprise Level distributed environments. As part of the management team, Shawn oversees Enterprise IT and Consulting engagements for RJ2 Technologies’s clients. Prior to RJ2 Technologies, Shawn was the regional IT manager for a large entertainment corporation and was recognized for his change management leadership during a complex system-wide conversion to digital media. In addition, Shawn has worked with various clients throughout the Chicagoland area. Shawn enjoys spending time with his wife and three energetic kids and volunteers for a variety of nonprofit organizations in the Chicagoland area.