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One of the easiest ways to save on computer power is to use technology that automatically rests when you do, and to shut your computer down when you’re not using it.

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When you walk away from your computer, it usually goes into standby or screen saver or sleep mode (terminology can vary by computer type). When you shake the mouse, the screen quickly pops up again. However, the programs are still running on your hard drive, and your internet connection is still active. When you put the computer in hibernate mode, it basically shuts down the hard drive. It acts like you turned it off completely, but saves where you're at, and uses no power. To get out of hibernate mode, you need to click the power button, and it takes a little longer for the screen to come back up. So in order to save the most electricity, shut down completely as often as you can. If you can't shut down, set to hibernate mode. At the very least, it should be going into screen saver/standby/sleep mode after a certain amount of inactivity (like 10-15 minutes).

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