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Power down & save

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  • Turn off computers and use "sleep mode" when not in use. Get details on activating power management settings on your computer. It's best to get in the habit of turning off your computer at night or when it is not being used. Switching a computer on and off throughout the day or week will not negatively affect its lifetime. This is a common misconception that carries over from the days of older mainframe computers.
  • Unplug laptop and tablet battery chargers when not in use. Even after being fully charged, these adapters may continue to draw power.
  • Many appliances continue to draw power when they are switched off, but still plugged in. According to the Department of Energy, the average household spends about $100 per year to power devices while they are in standby mode.
  • Use an advanced power strip to automatically sense when your electronics are idle and cut off the power flow to them.
  • When shopping for a new computer, look for the ENERGY STAR® label.

Typical usage details

Type Watts Costs to operate for 8 hours
Home computer & monitor 150 to 400 watts 6 to 27 cents
Inkjet printer 3 to 180 watts 1 to 12 cents
Laser printer 36 to 800 watts 1 to 53 cents

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