Solved

Leaving the computer ON

Posted on 2008-06-16
6
164 Views
Last Modified: 2010-04-25
Is it better to leave the computer on rather than turning it off at night?  If so, why?
0
Comment
Question by:al4629740
6 Comments
 
LVL 2

Expert Comment

by:ayus80
Comment Utility
Shutdown Button, select Standby Mode
0
 
LVL 47

Expert Comment

by:apache09
Comment Utility
Depends on what the computer is used for.

If its a server and other users or PCs are dependant on it running then it would be ideal for it to run all night possibly with a scheduled reboot.

If its a home PC, its all a matter of opinion or how much you will really save pinching those pennies.

Mine is:

If its not plugged into a UPS, turn it off.

Kinda of similar to an age old question:
Do you use more gas starting up your car, or leaving it running?






0
 
LVL 38

Accepted Solution

by:
lherrou earned 200 total points
Comment Utility
This has been asked before, here: http://www.experts-exchange.com/Miscellaneous/Q_22040229.html

The bottom line is that hardware has gotten better, so there aren't a lot of benefits of leaving it on, compared to the energy savings of turning it off.

Cheers,
LHerrou
0
Save on storage to protect fatherhood memories

You're the dad who has everything. This Father's Day, make sure your family memories are protected. My Passport Ultra has automatic backup and password protection to keep your cherished photos and videos safe. With up to 3TB, you have plenty of room to hold the adventures ahead.

 
LVL 28

Expert Comment

by:jhyiesla
Comment Utility
I agree that there isn't any real reason to leave the computer on unless you know you'll be returning to it soon. And even then there is the standby mode as has already been mentioned and hibernate. Sometimes the hibernate mode in Windows gets a little squirrelly, but for the most part it does work and may represent a good compromise between turning it off and leaving it on especially if you need to get back to it quickly.
0
 
LVL 91

Expert Comment

by:nobus
Comment Utility
personally, i turn my PC's off at least 2 x per day, if not more !
The hardware issue is since long forgotten (crimp and extending problems, bad contacts, or burning)
So i suggest to save energy, and stop heating up the world     :-))
you will also benefit a nice lower electricity bill !!
0
 
LVL 47

Assisted Solution

by:apache09
apache09 earned 50 total points
Comment Utility
Interesting bit of info I just came across:

A typical desktop PC with a 17-inch LCD monitor requires about 100 watts of power. If left on 24x7 for one year, this same computer will consume 874 kilowatt hours of electricitythats enough to release 750 pounds of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and the equivalent of driving 820 miles in the average car!
0

Featured Post

Enabling OSINT in Activity Based Intelligence

Activity based intelligence (ABI) requires access to all available sources of data. Recorded Future allows analysts to observe structured data on the open, deep, and dark web.

Join & Write a Comment

Windows 7 does not have the best desktop search built in. This is something Windows 7 users have struggled with. You type something in, and your search results don’t always match what you are looking for, or it doesn’t actually work at all. There ar…
Here's a very brief overview of the methods PRTG Network Monitor (https://www.paessler.com/prtg) offers for monitoring bandwidth, to help you decide which methods you´d like to investigate in more detail.  The methods are covered in more detail in o…
Polish reports in Access so they look terrific. Take yourself to another level. Equations, Back Color, Alternate Back Color. Write easy VBA Code. Tighten space to use less pages. Launch report from a menu, considering criteria only when it is filled…

763 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

7 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now