Make Your Computer More Energy Efficient
It's easy to forget that computers run on
electricity. The more they run, the more electricity
they need. And that increases your electric bill. So,
managing your computer's energy usage can help you save
The obvious solution is to turn the
computer off when you're not using it. But many of us
leave the computer on to get security updates. Besides,
who wants to wait for the computer to boot in order to
check e-mail? Fortunately, these apps can help.
(free) - Most computer processors have built-in
power-saving features. This program lets you adjust
those features on the fly. For example, it scales back
processor energy use when the processor isn't busy.
On average, you'll save about 300 kwh per
year. What does this mean for your wallet? In most
areas, you'll save about $40 annually. And you probably
won't even notice that this program is running.
(free) - This program lets you schedule changes in power
plans. So, it only uses as much power as necessary. It's
much more refined that Windows' default power management
Just tell the program when you normally
use the computer. Get full performance for your morning
surfing. But power down or even put your machine to
sleep when you go to work. And your computer will be
ready to go when you get home. SetPower says you'll save
up to $10 per computer each month.
(free) - This is an accurate tool for managing your power
usage. It lets you split your time between work and
non-work hours. You can then set different parameters
You decide what kind of power savings you
want. Set when the display will power down and when the
computer sleeps. These settings will only activate when
the computer is not in use. Edison will show you your
estimated annual savings.
Monitor Off Utility
(free) - Laptop monitors drain a lot of battery power.
This simple program turns off your laptop monitor on
command. You don't need to mess with power-saving
settings or even close the lid.
You can assign a shortcut key to activate
the program. Or set it to launch automatically on
startup. It even has delay options and a screen saver
control. This will turn the monitor off after a set
period of time or when the screen saver kicks in.
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