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Extend your computer’s battery life and save energy

9 May 2011 No Comment

Searching the internet on what can be done to save energy and make a new computer’s battery last, I came across the following expert tips:

Sleep mode or shutting down

Your work process will determine whether it’s more efficient to use Sleep mode or simply shut down the computer.

Sleep mode requires more power, but it boots up faster, while ‘Hibernate’ uses less power, but takes longer to come online. That same logic applies to shutting off your computer completely.

Your computer will become obsolete before you wear out your computer by turning it on and off a lot.

Accessing your computer remotely with the Wake on LAN feature also can drain the power.

Adjusting the power settings to go into Sleep/Standby mode after about 15 minutes of inactivity and then shut it down at the end of the day.

Battery life

To get the most out of your computer battery you have to give it a workout. Don’t keep your machine plugged in to an outlet. Instead, discharge the battery daily.

A laptop is already saving energy

You can further conserve energy by using an LCD monitor and ditching the high-end video card unless it’s absolutely necessary. Also, turn off printers and other peripherals when they are not in use.

Do regular back-ups

It also pays to save backup versions of your work. Invest in an external hard drive to hold your digital music library, special photos and other key documents.

Frequent backups ensure that your data does not die with your laptop.

Create an emergency file (on good old-fashioned paper) that contains your computer’s serial number along with other key data such as your credit card numbers and phone numbers to reach each company, along with contact info to your insurance company.

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