Leave the computer on, or off?
Results 1 to 13 of 13
  1. #1
    Registered User AnW819's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    South Jersey!
    Age
    25
    Posts
    1,529
    Post Thanks / WTG / Hug
    Rep Power
    9

    Default Leave the computer on, or off?

    I hear so many people say its better to leave the computer on for the computers sake, and it takes a lot more to turn it on and off than it does to just leave it on, but this has got to be bad for the electric bill right?

    If I turned the computer off every night before bed do you think it would save me some money on the bill? Is it worth it? What do you do?

  2. #2
    Registered User joyofsix's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    IN
    Age
    51
    Posts
    2,018
    Post Thanks / WTG / Hug
    Rep Power
    20

    Default

    I've wondered the same thing. I don't wanna buy a new 'puter to save $20 on electricity.
    Mom to Emma, Spencer, Connor, Lily,Fletcher, Amelia and Adeline.

    Mortgage $0
    EF 3 mo income barring
    anymore emergencies

  3. #3
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    Gatineau, Quebec
    Age
    30
    Posts
    713
    Post Thanks / WTG / Hug
    Rep Power
    9

    Default

    Turn it off. The only thing that I can see that might cause issues in the long run, is when your computer is running, the CPU generates heat. Turning it off cools it down, causing it to contact, which could be hard on the soldering that holds it in place (this is incredibly doubtful IMO)

    Businesses keep their computers on because they are on a network and need to be on to receive important updates when they are pushed out. This is not the case for a home PC.
    If you must keep the PC on, at least turn the monitor off, and activate standby mode or put it to auto sleep after so much time.

    Look at it this way - modern televisions have a lot of the same components, circuitry, screen, etc as a computer. You don't leave your TV on 24/7 to save energy, do you?

  4. #4
    Registered User AnW819's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    South Jersey!
    Age
    25
    Posts
    1,529
    Post Thanks / WTG / Hug
    Rep Power
    9

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by lottaLove View Post
    Turn it off. The only thing that I can see that might cause issues in the long run, is when your computer is running, the CPU generates heat. Turning it off cools it down, causing it to contact, which could be hard on the soldering that holds it in place (this is incredibly doubtful IMO)

    Businesses keep their computers on because they are on a network and need to be on to receive important updates when they are pushed out. This is not the case for a home PC.
    If you must keep the PC on, at least turn the monitor off, and activate standby mode or put it to auto sleep after so much time.

    Look at it this way - modern televisions have a lot of the same components, circuitry, screen, etc as a computer. You don't leave your TV on 24/7 to save energy, do you?
    Thanks for the great advise!! Can you tell me how I would put my computer on standby mode and how to get out of it and when I want to use the computer?

  5. #5
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    Gatineau, Quebec
    Age
    30
    Posts
    713
    Post Thanks / WTG / Hug
    Rep Power
    9

    Default

    If you have Windows, right click on the desktop anywhere, and select Properties. Go to Screen saver tab, select "Power"
    There you can select how many minutes before monitor, hard drive and system standby happen. Right now I have my monitor set to 15 minutes, hard drive to 30 minutes and system standby to 45 minutes. You could go lower/higher depending on how often you use the computer.

  6. #6
    Registered User Contrary Housewife's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Kansas City
    Posts
    4,384
    Post Thanks / WTG / Hug
    Blog Entries
    75
    Rep Power
    42

    Default

    You want to shut it off at night. While the computer is on it generate heat which will shorten the lifespan of your components. It also keeps the fans running to cool it, and the bearings wear out. When a fan stops your cpu will fry.
    Use it up, Wear it out,
    Make it do, Or do without. ~unknown

    You can't always get what you want
    But if you try sometimes you just might find
    You get what you need ~Rolling Stones

    A clean house is a sign of a wasted life. ~unknown

  7. #7
    Registered User AnW819's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    South Jersey!
    Age
    25
    Posts
    1,529
    Post Thanks / WTG / Hug
    Rep Power
    9

    Default

    Thanks so much!! Our computer has not been turned off for about 6 months now!!!

  8. #8
    Registered User AnW819's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    South Jersey!
    Age
    25
    Posts
    1,529
    Post Thanks / WTG / Hug
    Rep Power
    9

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by lottaLove View Post
    If you have Windows, right click on the desktop anywhere, and select Properties. Go to Screen saver tab, select "Power"
    There you can select how many minutes before monitor, hard drive and system standby happen. Right now I have my monitor set to 15 minutes, hard drive to 30 minutes and system standby to 45 minutes. You could go lower/higher depending on how often you use the computer.
    Thanks---what is the difference between all these. I know what the monitor shut off is, but what do the others do? How do I get it to turn back on?

  9. #9
    Registered User HandyMom's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Location
    Michigan
    Posts
    1,241
    Post Thanks / WTG / Hug
    Rep Power
    14

    Default

    Just shut it down anytime you will be away from it for over a half hour and turn it off at night. My sister did not turn hers off and she has burnt out several hard drives. I've had computers still running fine that were over 10 years old. I always shut them down at night at the very least.

  10. #10
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Kansas (USA)
    Posts
    1,430
    Post Thanks / WTG / Hug
    Rep Power
    31

    Default

    My computer-tech friends always told me once on, once off. I set it so it shuts down quickly when not in use, and turn the monitor off (save on phantom electricity use) if not in use for a prolonged period of time (when I'm out of the house). I turn ours off at night when we are done using it, but also have everything on a power strip and click it off so there is no phantom electricity used. It's also a safeguard from an unexpected lightening storm. I don't have to get up in the middle of the night to turn everything off if we have a storm because it's already been done each night.

    We just put together a new computer and everything uses less energy than our old computer, so they are improving things in that category. The tower (Cooler Master) is also much cooler than any computer we've had before.

  11. #11
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Posts
    4,525
    Post Thanks / WTG / Hug
    Rep Power
    0

    Default

    Here is a great site that will help you when it comes to energy savings. He also sends weekly updates that are free to receive. He used to be active here on this site.

    www.energyboomer.typepad.com

  12. #12
    Moderator Luckybustert's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Portland, Oregon area.
    Age
    53
    Posts
    3,521
    Post Thanks / WTG / Hug
    Blog Entries
    6
    Rep Power
    28

    Default

    I had always wondered about this too. The Energy Boomer site looks interesting too - I'll have to spend some time there reading and see what I can do to cut the costs!

  13. #13
    Registered User frugalfranny's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    PNW in summer---SW in wnter.
    Posts
    12,986
    Post Thanks / WTG / Hug
    Rep Power
    65

    Default

    Thanks for the info.......to all who posted. I always wondered about this too.

    The website looks interesting. Will go back in to read more with more time.

Similar Threads

  1. I will never leave again!
    By VanVivCam in forum General Chat
    Replies: 19
    Last Post: 06-02-2011, 11:18 PM
  2. Do you ever have to leave FV...
    By Thevail in forum General Chat
    Replies: 22
    Last Post: 03-27-2009, 06:41 PM
  3. Replies: 23
    Last Post: 01-31-2006, 08:34 PM
  4. Leave me alone!!!
    By voodidit in forum Pets
    Replies: 14
    Last Post: 01-06-2004, 06:22 PM

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •