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Power off your PC at night, don't leave it running. It needs a break now and then.

I used to leave my PC on 24/7. I didn't care about how much electricity I used nor how this effected the lifespan of my system, including the lifespan of the monitor.

Unless you are expecting a FAX from a friend or business or urgent E-mail, you can safely shut your computer down when you are going to end your day at the office or at home or home office.

A computer uses power. It has memory though. It doesn't care if it is turned off when it is not being use. It remembers how to boot up when you turn it back on the next day.

I used to be afraid my WiFi would have to be reset manually or that my monitor's settings might get changed or have to boot up the monitor the next day after an overnight complete system shutdown.

The thing I learned early on was simple: The computer can be totally turned off for hours, days or months, as long as it is always plugged into a power outlet and when turned back on the only thing the system will have to do is update it's settings if needed and run some auto updates that otherwise would have occurred a few days before.

Saving power is saving the life of your system and saving a few dollars off your monthly electricity bill.

You may not be bothered with the few dollars you spend on keeping your system up 24/7. Okay then, but think about the longevity of your monitor, your printer and your hard drive. As long as the system stays on the monitor is on standby and using a small amount of electricity even if it goes to sleep at night. The CPU has a fan that has to run regularly to keep the motherboard cool and some background programs are constantly running and they keep the microprocessor working.

If you could shut it all down at night and reboot in the morning, then you might possibly add months to the lifespan of your system.

Feedback is welcome. Thanks for visiting Persona Paper and reading my tutorial about Powering off your PC at night to give it a break.

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MegL wrote on February 27, 2016, 4:43 PM

It is also more secure from hackers breaking in. More good reasons to switch off at night.

lookatdesktop wrote on February 27, 2016, 4:49 PM

That is a very keen observation. Thank you for sharing this important insight.