Nobody will deny that modern computers bring an enormous array of benefits to users’ everyday lives. From productivity to entertainment to social interaction, they’ve changed existence as we know it. Unfortunately, the flipside of this is that these machines can be quite costly, especially when it comes to users’ monthly electric bills.
This can be a pain, but luckily the good people at DesktopReview have put together a nifty guide filled with helpful ways for users to avoid unnecessarily losing any more cash at the behest of their PCs.
First, users should always be aware of the inactivity settings on their PCs. This will let them lessen the time it takes for a computer to save power when it’s not being used, and will also allow them to tinker with the computer’s Standby and Hibernate modes, which put the PC in a low-power state without resetting a user’s progress in a particular document, Web page, and the like. There’s also the option of simply shutting down the computer when it’s not in use, which is the slowest method of all but also saves the most electricity.
Choosing a relatively power-friendly monitor will lighten the load on a user’s wallet too. When it comes time to choose a display, consumers should opt for an LED monitor over its LCD counterparts, as the former’s simpler, lighter internal design allows it to consume 40% less energy than the average LCD display. They’ll force users to pay up a little more in the short term, but the longer monthly benefits should prove well worth it.
Next, Windows users are treated to a special set of power saving settings on their PCs, letting them choose between running the computer in “Balanced,” “Power Saver,” and “High Performance” states. Those work exactly as their names would suggest, but are useful for the concerned bill payer in a pinch.
One tip useful to all users, though, is to take it as easy as possible on external peripherals. Filling up each USB port with gadgets can increase functionality, sure, but it’ll also cause an added strain on the computer’s battery.
Of course, many of these probably can be lessened altogether if one decides to go with a low energy PC like the Mac Mini from Apple, the Fanless E1 PC from Aleutia, or the Broadleaf line from VeryPC, among others. As always, going this route will require a compromise of some sort, but if money is always on the mind, then they just may be the best way to go. But for a complete rundown of all the different ways those electric bills can be lowered, check out DesktopReview\’s complete How To guide for lowering a computer\’s monthly electric bill.