Monitoring the Monitor

Years ago, I had heard that turning your computer on and off used more energy than just leaving it on, and it also wore out the computer faster. Did you hear that, too? It turns out that’s outdated information. This article, “Energy Efficient Computer Use,” by the U.S. Department of Energy, explains how to change your computer settings to reduce energy usage, which can result in savings of up to $50 a year..

You can choose from energy-saving options like “System Standby” or “Hibernate,” and you can save even more by manually turning off your monitor when you’re not using it. I changed my settings this morning and haven’t experienced any inconvenience at all…just energy and money savings!

Do you use energy-saving settings on your computer?

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of 15 books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

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