"Shutting Down to Save Energy"

By KBJR News 1

August 4, 2010 Updated Aug 4, 2010 at 3:16 PM CDT

Posted by Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson

Most of us use our computers on a daily basis at work or at home, but when they are not in use and left on, they can consume large amounts of energy.

In this week's "Your Green Life" Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson takes a look at how we can save energy but keep our PC's running fast.

Leaving your computer running 24/7 can be a terrible waste of energy. Most of the time it is not required and you can save hundreds of dollars if you simply turn it off.
At an average 12 cent per kilowatt hour rate, leaving a computer and monitor on will cost more than 1–hundred 60 dollars a year.
And that total price can go up if your computer is not tuned up.

"Especially if it seems to be running slowly. It is running slowly because it is running all of the things that it should not be running. Anything that runs is going to cause the processor to consume more power, said Erik Cross at discoverPC.

At computer centers like these, you will be able to get your computer scanned and cleaned up of any potential problems that may be causing it to run slowly and inefficiently.
If your computer is in a healthy condition, running a screensaver is not enough. It is best to put your computer in a low power sleep mode.

Granola for the PC can calculate the amount of energy your computer uses plus calculate how much you're saving from different power modes. But, sometimes, the best way to save energy is to get new hardware.

"As a general rule of thumb, the new hardware is going to use a lot less power," said Erik Cross.

This new computer technology can often cut the cost of your computer in half. For Your Green Life, I'm Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson.

In case you're curious, laptops use about 20 percent the power of a desktop computer.