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Should I Leave My PC On?

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More and more people are leaving their PCs on 24 hours a day? Should you?

This How-To Article helps you decide if you should leave your computer on 24 hours a day.


Should I Leave My PC On?

If you don't use your computer often, then it is best to leave it off when it is no longer being used. However, with the computer becoming more important and integral in people's lives, most people use the computer often.

Things to consider when deciding whether or not to leave your computer on:

Do you use the computer often?

Do you often need the computer quickly to reference a fact?

Do you have an energy star-compliant system?

If you decide to leave your computer on, remember these tips:

Windows works best when you perform a restart at least once per day. (If you are using Windows 95, 98, or Millennium).

Don't forget to set a screensaver to protect your screen when you aren't using your computer.

If your computer supports it, double-click the "Power Options" icon from the Control Panel, and set power saving options for your computer's devices.

Don't forget that computers do use energy, sometimes lots of energy. If your computer doesn't support the "Power Options" icon (in the Control Panel), be sure to shut off your computer's monitor when it's not being used. Monitors usually take up lots of energy.

Deciding to keep the computer on always really depends on how often you use it. Do you often need the computer for reference? Do you need it for news? Stock quotes? E-mail? If the computer is very important to your everyday lifestyle, then perhaps always leaving your computer on is the right decision for you. If you are an occasional user of the computer, then starting up your computer when you need it is probably the answer.

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