Best answer by Dale913View original
Should I turn my computer off Overnight
Should I turn my computer OFF when it is idle for long periods like overnight. I have been turning it off, thinking it would be safer but the optimizations take awhile to do and would be better for me to do at night.
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1) Good for the enviroment (less electricity usage)
2) Cheaper for you (less electricity usage)
3) Reduces stress on the components inside your PC
4) If something does go wrong you wont be awake to deal with it
Despite the fact the your Hard disk will power down even idle you will reduce the lifespan of the components (capacitors on the motherboard are a particular one).
Sleep mode or hibernation (yeah it is probably better) should be enough. Sorry but less electricity really doesn't reason.
Unless you have a pressing need to have a PC on 24/7 (ie need to connect remotely/acting as a server) it doesnt need to be left on.
Nevertheless I wonder what is an advantage to turn it off over sleep mode or hibernation (it almost doesn't use power) when I leave my PC at ca 9 p.m. and I am back in 7 a.m. I don't want to calculate it but believe that the electricity consumption and thus cost spent are so tiny and negligible that you won't feel them in your wallet, even in monthly or longer scale.
So if I concede to agree with you then only in questions of components wear.
Let's leave this question answered that it is generally recommended to turn it off but it depends on hardware used and user's needs (as Roy mentioned).
For you, having SSD's and considering boot times I fully understand you always turn it off. In my case, not having SSD and with boot in minutes is more convenient to let it sleep or hibernate.
Personally I always switch mine off the same as I do the TV etc. Not just to save power but my way of thinking is that there is less chance of a fault developing causing something to overheat and resulting in a fire. That may or may not happen but I have always erred on the side of caution.
Other than when I want to play Fackbook games or have to do alot of documentation for gaming information... my desktop computer is turned off.
My laptop is brank new as I just got it yesterday.
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Though I prefer to turn things off when they aren't in use so I can save money on electricity.
I do beleive that turning your computer off or putting it to sleep/hybrate mode is a personal preferance that you must deside on for yourself based on how much you use the computer in one day.
Thanks to all the responses, this is a good group. I have been a loyal Webroot subscriber. My computer has been running trouble free, (knock on wood) for a number of years and I thank Webroot for that.