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Saving Energy

The final desktop setting I will look at in this chapter does not have as much to do with how the desktop looks as how the desktop (and the rest of your system) behaves.

Laptop users will especially appreciate the system energy settings. After all, the less energy consumed, the longer that oh-so-precious battery life will be. On the other hand, desktop users may not see the need to change the energy settings systems. After all, the electrical outlet supplies a virtually independent supply of energy, and the energy costs of running a PC 24/7 is far less than for many appliances in the home. However, if the computer is using energy, that’s energy that could be used elsewhere. I’m not talking about powering the lights on a movie marquee, but it all adds up in the end. And why should you pay for energy you really don’t need? Furthermore, keeping a system running 24/7 causes wear and tear on the system and decreases its life expectancy. By how much? That’s very hard to determine. Maybe you’ll upgrade to a new system long before the end of the life expectancy of your system, but why take the chance of a surprise repair job?


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