How To Reduce The Power Needs Of Your Computer

Posted by on May 11, 2016 in Blog, Technology | Comments Off on How To Reduce The Power Needs Of Your Computer

If you are running many different computers at the same time or one or two computers throughout the day, you want to make sure that you keep your energy bills under control. You also want to make sure that you don’t accidentally blow a fuse or fry your circuits. You have two different options when it comes to managing the power that your computer requires. You can do it manually or you can use power management software. Here are some tips if you decide to perform power management manually.

1. Set the Sleep Mode Settings

Your computer has multiple different power states that it can run in. If you are playing a video game that requires high-intensity graphics or are using most of your computer’s computing power to brute-force a password or some other large set of data computations, then you are going to be using your computer in a high energy state. If you are not using your computer while you run to get lunch, you can set the computer in a low power state. There are settings on your computer that will control how long your computer has to be inactive in order for it to enter a low energy state. By fiddling with these settings and having even a short period of inactivity lead to a low power state, you can reduce the amount of energy that your computer consumes during the course of a day.

2. Get Rid of Your Screen Saver

Old monitors used to require screen savers to keep the screen from freezing and having its pixels permanently stuck in a single position. Today’s monitors don’t have that risk. You can therefore get rid of your screensaver when you leave your computer idle. The screensaver burns power and is going to result in your computer using more energy than is practically necessary.

3. Turn Off Auxiliary Equipment

If you have external speakers that you are not using, turn them off. The same goes for your printer and any other auxiliary equipment that your computer connects to. This will allow you to make sure that you are avoiding draining power that you aren’t necessarily actively using.

4. Close Unused Applications Regularly

Most people are guilty of having multiple tabs open in a web browser and multiple applications open on a computer. You are using too much power by keeping all of these applications open, and you’re likely not using all of them. Resolve this by setting a timer every thirty minutes and closing all of your unused applications.

For more information, talk to a company that specializes in power management, such as SHAVLIK.