Every day is ‘Earth Day’ and with each day comes the possibility of living greener. Today, I’m taking on my computer’s power consumption. In the past, I allowed my computer to be gluttonous about her power consumption (for the sake of this post my computer is taking on a female persona). I rarely turned off my computer. My computer was always on and ready for action.
Why was I leaving something on when I wasn’t using it? I don’t leave lights on or my tv on. I thought about it and discovered that the source of my wastefulness was… impatience. I didn’t like waiting for my computer to wake up each morning. But why? Each morning I patiently wait for my children to rise and shine. So why couldn’t I wait 2 or 3 minutes for my computer to awaken? I decided I was being silly, I CAN wait 2 or 3 minutes. This week I’ve been turning my computer off each night and also while I’m away during the day. While my intention was to use less energy, I’ve enjoyed some additional benefits:
- My computer is faster. Apparently not restarting my computer for months and months, was not one of my better ideas. My computer is much livelier now.
- I enjoy starting each day fresh. Gone are the days of 30 open Internet Explorer windows – most with multiple tabs. Now, I bookmark sites that I like and use Evernote to keep track of my ideas. I no longer have documents and windows open for weeks.
- I’m on the computer fewer times a day. When my computer is off, I’m less likely to check email or surf because it requires me to wait 3 minutes.
The ‘boot time’ of Windows Vista has been a sore spot for many people. How many people don’t turn off their computers because of startup speeds? I can’t be alone in this. Instead of new widgets and features – how about some speed?
Luckily, Microsoft engineers are working on boot time and there are improvements coming with Windows 7. But will there come a day, when we turn off computers as we leave a room? Just like a lights or our tv? Who knows. In the meantime I’m learning to be patient with my computer, powering her down each night.
What about you? Do you leave anything on when you’re not using it? Please leave a Comment.