Whats better? Leaving the computer on or off?

Discussion in 'General Computer Chat' started by Danda, Jan 19, 2010.

  1. Danda

    Danda Member

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    So I been having a debate with a friend of mine about which one is more energy efficient. To keep it nice and short, whats better for the electricity bill? Leaving the computer on, or turning it off every time you are done with it?
     
  2. TFT

    TFT VIP Member

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    Personally if I was to use it again within an hour or two I would leave it on, but it is turned off completely every night.

    A couple of quotes taken from this site.

    http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=power_mgt.pr_power_mgt_faq

     
  3. tremmor

    tremmor Well-Known Member

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    thats what i do. goes on in the morning and off at night when done.
     
  4. Machin3

    Machin3 New Member

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    At night, I leave it off unless I'm downloading a large file that takes a while to download. Otherwise, its just like everyone else.
     
  5. Bodaggit23

    Bodaggit23 New Member

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    When not in use, shut it down or put it to sleep.

    No sense leaving it run if it's not being used.
     
  6. Aastii

    Aastii VIP Member

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    Whenever mine isn't being used, I turn it off. The only exception is if it is downloading, installing, defraggings, virus scanning etc etc, or if I plan on going back on soon. If I won't be on for a couple of hours or more though, I will turn it off beacuse of the noise (it is in the living room) and for the electricity bill's sake
     
  7. Danda

    Danda Member

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    Thats what I thought. My friend was telling me leaving it on will save more money because the boot up spends alot of electricity in the few seconds it starts up. Thanks guys, just wanted to get your opinion on this.
     
  8. Bodaggit23

    Bodaggit23 New Member

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    Rofl
     
  9. Dystopia

    Dystopia Active Member

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    Think about it...the computer uses at least 100W if you have a low level system. Leave that on for an hour and calculate how much energy you are using...quite a bit, I think, compared to lets say that you use the max W that you PSU can give (which you don't). Whats your PSU? 550W...
     
  10. jancz3rt

    jancz3rt <b>VIP Member</b>

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    Hmm

    My suggestion is to turn it off when you sleep. There is no need to have it run (other than Folding of course :p). As well as that, most standard HDDs are designed to run for 8-10 hours a day, but only a few are specifically designed to run 24hours/day - nonstop. This is yet another argument for giving the PC a break for some time of the day. Shutting down and starting up several times during the day is not good as well. Do as you wish, but do take all the suggestions above into consideration.

    JAN :D
     
  11. linkin

    linkin VIP Member

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    I turn my computer on during the day, and leave it on until i go to sleep at night because i'm frequently getting on and off of it.
     

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