How to Conserve Power When Not Using Your PC

By Surbhi Totuka October 15, 2016 Tech Tips

Shutting down your PC every time is inconvenient and time consuming. As you’ll have to wait for a couple of minutes before it goes through the startup process again.  So instead of shutting down every time you need to be away from your computer, windows have provided us various modes for conserving power. If you’re unclear as to what they are and how they work, let’s have detailed look at them to clear all confusion.

Sleep Mode

Sleep mode in windows pretty much works like a pause button for your computer. It temporarily deactivates all the actions and background processes and puts your system in power saving mode. Therefore, in case you want to rush somewhere for a short time, it is best to put your computer or laptop on sleep mode. This will not only conserve power, but you can also quickly resume your actions without waiting for your computer to boot-up.

Laptops can also be put on sleep mode by simply closing the lid anytime you need a short break. Whenever you reopen the lid all your settings and work will be exactly as you left them.

Also Read: How to shut down windows 7 PC without installing update

Hibernate Mode

Hibernate mode does almost the same things as the sleep mode. It saves your current session and puts your computer in a power saving state. The major difference however, is that hibernate mode will use zero power while on standby. This is a great way to conserve power on your computer, especially if you’re going to be away from your system for long hours.

So if you’re leaving your system unattended for anything longer than a coffee break, it is best to leave it in hibernation mode. It saves your session to the hard drive instead on dumping it on RAM and almost shuts down your computer so it consumes no power. When you resume, it will restore your session with much less waiting time than system startup. In comparison to sleep mode, hibernation takes a bit longer to resume the window.

Hybrid Sleep

This mode is the combination of both the modes that are Sleep and Hibernate modes. By default, hybrid sleep mode is enabled in Windows on desktop computer whereas disabled on laptops. When you enable hybrid sleep, it will replace the default sleep mode and put your computer into low power state. It achieves this by saving your active session on the RAM as well as your hard disk. So, when you resume windows it quickly wakes up and you can resume your work from right where you left it. This is the best option for desktop computers, as in case of a power cut then it will restore your work from the hard disk.

All abovementioned power conservation options will not only save your time and save electricity, but also keeps you from shutting down your computer every time. So no more waiting for your computer to boot up, simply use these options for a better windows experience.




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