Count Up to Earth Day: Tip 18 Learn When to Shut Down

April 22nd, 2012

This post is part of a series counting up to Earth Day on April 22.

Turning on your computer does create a small surge in electrical use, but it’s often better to shut down when you won’t be around for a bit.

The guide for when to shut down your computer and switch off your monitor: If you’ll be away for 20 minutes, turn your monitor off, and if you’ll be gone for two hours, shut down your computer and turn the monitor off. (Source: U.S. Department of Energy)

I know that it’s hard to remember that you’ve left your computer on. This is a goal to reach for, but don’t beat yourself up if you walk into a room and realize you’ve left the computer on unused for five hours. Just do better the next time!

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