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Save money! Switch off your PC
April 01, 2005
new study conducted by computer magazine PC Pro has found that people who do not bother turning off their computers properly are costing both the environment and their own pockets dear.
According to BBC, the study measured the electricity consumed by PCs, printers and television sets and found many devices were extremely hungry when it comes to eating power.
A Cathode Ray Tube monitor left on during the day and in standby mode during the night over a period of five years costs the equivalent of a brand new flat screen monitor.
"If the screensaver is running, then the monitor isn't in standby mode and it can be drawing over 100W. It would be worth it for many companies to actually pay an employee extra to go round turning things off at the end of the day," PC Pro's deputy lab editor Nick Ross said.
This could add up to a substantial sum when multiplied by the number of monitors in an office building. Computers even consume electricity when they have been turned off, though a change in the settings or investing in a special power strip can cut off the entire electricity supply to the computer and its peripherals. "Most people could easily save £ 100 (Rs 8,246 approximately) a year and a small-to-medium sized company should easily cut £ 5,000 (Rs 412,302 approximately) off its bills just by following our advice," he added.