Computers: Shutting Down Makes Good Cents

It's as simple as hitting a button, and doing it daily can save big bucks over the course of a year. That's right, shutting your computer off at the end of the day can save an average of $90 worth of electricity annually.

A recent study by software company 1E and the Alliance to Save Energy found that U.S. organizations waste $2.8 billion a year in energy costs by leaving computers on overnight. The Department of Energy recommends shutting off your monitor if you aren't going to use it for more than 20 minutes, and the whole system if you're not going to use it for more than two hours. The agency says time spent off extends your machine's life.

So, when you're done scouring web pages and documents for business (or pleasure), turn off your computer. It will save energy as well as wear and tear on your hardware.


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