Solved How often should I shut down my computer

August 18, 2012 at 14:18:51
Specs: Windows 64
My husband insists my computer be completely shut down every time I leave it for more than ten minutes or so at a time. He says it wastes electricity. Consequently I find I'm turning my computer on about ten times a day. It's ridiculous.

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#1
August 18, 2012 at 14:25:05
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You could remind him that power-on surge current from so many start-ups would eventually shorten the life of the machine:

http://sound.westhost.com/articles/...

But nonetheless, I suggest a compromise....change your settings to have the PC go into "sleep" mode after so many minutes, then you won't have to start back up again and the machine won't waste as much power when you're away...

Should keep both of you on good terms over the PC...

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."


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#2
August 18, 2012 at 15:02:47
It does waste electricity and even more if all that computer stuff is not on a power strip. All that stuff is using power all day and all night. Every wall wart and modem and computer and monitor is wasting power even if off. So, to be exact you should power it down and then switch it all off with a power switch. I do that for my desktop. Everything on connected with the desktop is on a single power switch. It only takes a small amount of work to save the planet.

I do however have a tv computer that has to stay powered but in standby mode. A modern computer could maybe help your situation. There is a few choices of standby and hibernate. One or the other or the hybrid hibernate may make it possible for you two to agree.

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#3
August 18, 2012 at 15:29:05
By shutting it down ten times a day, you're playing hell with your components. The average computer has a 450 watt or so power supply in it. Plus your monitor boost it up a little more. This translates into the fact that it costs one kilowatt of electric per two hours. Find out what your Kilowatt hour costs in your area. Mine is about 9 cents. So it costs you about 10 cents every two hours. You can put it into Sleep or hibernate mode if it's a laptop. If it's a desktop, go into your power settings and configure it to shut off the monitor after a certain period of time. Set it to never turn off hard drives. I don't know your financial situation, but if you can't leave your computer on when you walk away for a little while, you should seriously look at how you're spending your money.


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#4
August 18, 2012 at 16:22:37
@Jefro..How many times a day to do you completely power down your equipment? If it's at the end of the day only your answer doesn't pertain to my question.

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#5
August 18, 2012 at 16:24:13
My husband is apparently an obsessive compulsive. I just needed some proof that it's utimately damaging the equipment.

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#6
August 18, 2012 at 16:36:15
I put mine to sleep when I am going to be away from the machine for more than 10 minutes manually and have it set to power down the monitor after 10 minutes and sleep after 20 minutes. I only turn it completely off if I am going to be away more than a day (vacations, etc.), otherwise I do not shut it down and it is only restarted when an update requires it or once in about 3 months on average.
You would save more money and have a better impact on the environment if you converted much of your home to LED lighting and appliances like refrigerators and air conditioners to new high efficiency Energy Star models. Also look into how much your locality rebates for solar power installations, between Fed, State, and local power authorities, much may be covered for you.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#7
August 18, 2012 at 17:19:02
I only use my home computer maybe twice a day or so. I only have a few free moments at home. I run in, start it up and then do some small task (bathroom) and then when I get back it is running.

Do you keep the TV, car, lights on all day? No you don't. Who would say keeping the TV on all day is better. The same is true for electronic computers. They fail because of time in use. The engineers call that MTBF, mean time between failures. They take into account turning off and on as a normal task. The same issues between standby and power off would be exactly the same. In fact standby would put power to some circuits.

Ask him his reasons to shut down. He may be as I was when married. I worried about paying bills and trying to save money. It is very stressful being a husband. You have to try your best to keep the family afloat and fed and sheltered and plan for retirement and such.

I built an "green" house 20 years ago when CFL bulbs were $30 each. Almost all of them have survived still. I am sure they have paid for themselves but the LED bulbs suck. I bought the so called best one and can't stand it. In fact, LED's are not better than Cold cathode CFL's nor are they much better than a CFL.

You and your husband will have to decide on how to run the home and what to spend money on. Just remember this is not a quality fight.

I do know that running my desktop in a small room heats it up so much I need to run a fan to keep the temperatures down. The room would raise temps by 10 degrees if I didn't.


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#8
August 18, 2012 at 19:49:34
"My husband is apparently an obsessive compulsive. I just needed some proof that it's utimately damaging the equipment."

If the link above doesn't soften his stance, then try this:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inrush...

If you're powering on and off >10 times a day, I'd personally say just leave it on---just my own 2ยข worth...

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."


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