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February 2003

Save Energy: Turn Your Computer Off At Night

During this budget crunch, please help us save money on electricity by shutting your computer down before you leave work at the end of the day.

Back in the early days of computers we often heard the advice that frequent shut downs were bad for computers, but this is no longer the case. Component parts are more robust, and they can certainly withstand a daily shutdown. You will need to save all files and close applications before you shut the computer off.

Keeping your computer turned off at night or during any long stretches when you will not be using it has an added benefit: it reduces the amount of time your computer is vulnerable to hacks, worms, and other forms of network abuse.

It will take you a small amount of time to start up your computer in the morning, but this is time when you can be doing other things, such as checking voice mail or organizing your work space for your daily tasks.

More modern operating systems often provide other energy-saving features that shut down your monitor after some period of disuse. Please consider using these if you have them.

 

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