Part of going green is conserving power whenever you can. This means turning lights off in rooms that you are leaving, adjusting the thermostat, and taking advantage of the power saving settings on your computer. Windows 8 has three power saving settings, you will want to be familiar with each one to maximize your energy use.
The three power saving settings are Sleep, Hibernation, and Hybrid Sleep. To switch between these three modes, you will want to access the Power Options Screen. There are two ways to do this, using the Metro interface you will go to the Charms menu by pressing Windows Key + C > Settings > Power. The other way to get to the Power Options Screen is go to Control Panel and then click on Hardware and Sound > Power Options.
The purpose of Sleep is to suspend all applications before the computer shuts down. This lets the user resume their programs upon the command to wake the PC up. When Windows goes to sleep, it stores all of the active data on the RAM. This is the main difference between Sleep and Shut down and why your data is not recovered when you return from shut down.
Originally designed for laptops, Hibernation stores your information and settings on your hard disk before powering down. Short of completely turning off your PC, Hibernation uses the least amount of power compared to the other two power-saving settings. Hibernation is the recommended setting to go with if you are going to be away from your computer for an extended period of time. Hibernation will especially come in handy if you know that it will be awhile before you come across another power outlet for your laptop.
New to Windows 8, Hybrid Sleep is a power-saving setting made with desktops in mind. Like its name suggests, Hybrid Sleep is a combination between the two previous power-saving functions. With Hybrid Sleep, files are stored on the hard disk (like hibernation mode), while running in a low power state (like Sleep mode). Hybrid Sleep is a great way to protect your data in the event of a power failure, and it is the default setting on Windows 8.
These three power saving options will lessen your power consumption and extend the life of your battery on your laptop or mobile device. These settings can also play a part in keeping your data secure by storing vital information on your RAM or hard disk.
Consider this an introduction on how to use your computer’s power-saving settings efficiently. To more learn about other power-saving tips for around the office, including ways to consolidate older computer equipment for newer and more power-efficient network devices, then give Tektonic a call at (416) 256-9928 and let us help you set up a green office!