Oh no, don’t turn the computer off now, do read this first.
Lot’s of people don’t turn their computers off when they are finished with them; either at home or at their work place. This is just something I don’t understand.
I’m pretty sure they turn their TV, Radio and lights off (in most cases), so why do they leave their PC on?
Valid reasons to turn the PC off
Of course there are valid reasons not to turn it off, such as:
- The PC is used as server and other people need access to the files on it while the user is gone.
- The user needs to access it remotely from home or other location (Only leave it on if you are pretty sure you will be accessing it).
Invalid reasons to leave the PC on
I’m sure people also come up with invalid reasons, such as:
- Windows is SO slow at booting, so I leave the PC on so I don’t waste that time. Come on, give us a break here, while the PC is booting you could: Make some coffee, say hi to the people around you or clean up at your desk.
- Other people in the company might need to copy some files from it. So what? Let them boot it, if they can’t wait 30 seconds then it is not important.
- To continue the previous invalid reason… “They can’t boot my Windows as it got a password”. So give them the password? I mean, if you trust ANYONE to access the PC anyway, then why not get rid of the password or tell them.
What I’m trying to say is that there are VERY few valid reasons to leave the PC on, and do keep in mind, leaving it on is a total waste of energy.
Sure you can argue about that most devices (screens) will enter a standby mode after some time unused, but even this uses energy. At least it is still better than leaving things turned on.
I will do some measuring of how much the TV, stereo, consoles and PC equipment takes when in standby mode. I’m sure this will be shocking and interesting.
Turn of what you can turn off
My setup here runs at around 480 watts, turning off the 3 screens does make it go down by around 140 watts. So if I leave the PC for awhile while it is doing backup or other tasks then I do turn the screens off.
If I don’t need the speakers then I turn them off; if I don’t need the NAS server for music or backup then it also gets turned off. Same goes with any hardware that is used for game development; if I don’t need it then it does not get turned on.
So think about this next time you leave your working place, does the PC have to stay turned on?