The Web


Home > Get Ahead > Living > Lifestyle

Your daily predictions:

Save money! Switch off your PC

April 01, 2005

Anew 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.

ImageA 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.

Share your comments

 What do you think about the story?

Read what others have to say:

Number of User Comments: 3

Sub: Be more ethical and give others the example.

Hundreds of thousands of tonnes of carbon dioxide are needlessly produced every year by computers, televisions, digital set top boxes, chargers and many other products ...

Posted by Deepak Sharma

Sub: Power Saving important

I think every IT company should spread the word among employees to properly shutdown (full power off) systems/monitors/equipments when they are not in use (such ...

Posted by Manoj

Sub: switching off pc

good advice! indeed

Posted by gits4u


Article Tools
Email this article
Top emailed links
Print this article
Write us a letter
Discuss this article

Copyright © 2005 India Limited. All Rights Reserved.