So, should I be shutting my laptop down when I'm not using it?
I set out to find out the truth of the matter.
Saving money is a good incentive, but just how much can we save? Well, it will depend on your own PC as to how much you could be saving. A typical computer uses 300 watts. If you use your PC for 4 hours a day, and don't shut it down, that would mean your computer is running, wasting electricity for 20 hours each day. Now, let's say electricity is 10 cents per kilowatt-hour. For the 20 hours your computer is running, but not being used, it costs 60 cents per day. Doesn't sound like a lot, but over the course of a year it adds up to $219!!
There is the argument that turning your computer on and off, thereby it getting hot and then cooling off, several times a day is hard on it's components. Things like solder joints can supposedly be effected, as can the CPU chip. But...and here's where I was convinced..our tv sets have many of the same components as our computers. Do you leave your tv on 24/7?? I know I don't.
With 3 laptops in our house, I know we can save money on the hydro bill just by shutting them down between uses. I've programmed them all to go into sleep mode after being idle for several minutes. Also, just closing the lid shuts them down. You can do this yourself in Windows by going into 'Control Panel'-'System and Security'-'Power Options'- then choosing 'Power Saver' and setting your preferences under 'change plan settings'. On the side bar of the 'Power Saver' page is the option to choose what happens to your PC when you close the lid.
Well, there are my findings! Hope you find them informative and useful!