Home computing is a growing area of household energy use. With the number of computers used in Australia expected to more than double to around 53.5 million by 2020, energy usage also is rapidly rising.
The good news is that there are ways to increase your computing efficiency while simultaneously lowering your power bill.
Use your computer efficiently
If you’d like to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, try these suggestions to help you get the most out of your power saving options.
- Take a moment to set your monitor to switch off after 20 minutes of inactivity and reduce screen brightness to the lowest setting you’re comfortable with.
- Use black screens instead of active screensavers. Active screensavers use full power and can interfere with power-down features.
- Adjust the power management options. Opt for ‘hibernate’ instead of ‘sleep’. Hibernation shuts the computer down and saves everything in its present state. Modern computers are designed to withstand frequent on-off cycles.
- Switch off Bluetooth and Wi-Fi when you’re not using them as they draw a substantial amount of power.
- Unplug any external USB devices (like mice, keyboards, and portable music and flash drives) when not in use.
- Defragment your hard drive regularly to increase its speed and reduce time wasted locating files are logging onto the internet. Computers have a defragment tool that you can schedule or operate manually.
- Close any programs you’re not using. The more programs and applications you have open at once, the more power you’re drawing.
- Don’t let anything get in the way of the cooling vents, making your PC or laptop work harder than it needs to. Excess heat from PCs and appliances can also add to your cooling bill.
- Put the laptop AC adapter on a power board that can be switched off (or turn off automatically). The AC adapter draws power continuously, even when the laptop is not plugged into the adapter.
- Look online for instructions on how to shut off any unwanted programs running in the background or on start-up. This will save energy and improve system performance.
Need help in networking your home computers or assistance with any other of your power needs?
Blunt’s Electric is ready to help you make the most of your home electronics while demonstrating even more ways to reduce your energy consumption. Contact us today, or anytime, for service.
Click here to ask questions or schedule service no