I honestly don't remember the last time I turned my PC off overnight. Even when I'm away on vacation I keep it on so I can assess it remotely. I reboot it as needed to apply updates, but otherwise it stays on all the time.
I have two old iMacs that I run F@H on 24/7 and use if I need to quickly look something up, but they are very quiet and low power. I always hibernate my main desktop if I won't be using it for more than a few hours, or put it to sleep if I will need it again sooner. Since it is in my bedroom, it is just too noisy for me to leave it running at night (not to mention the heat and wasted energy).
I live Off-the-Grid so power is very dear. I make do with 3KWHrs per day.
I turn off my computer when I get up to go to breakfast. I turn off my computer a least five time a day, often ten. So Windows 8's promise of faster booting is high on my want list.
I sleep the laptop and hibernate the desktops unless there is a reason not to. They both come up fast, and neither seem to have any hiccups from it.
One peeve tho is I use a USB KVM switch to use the laptop and desktop between a large flatpanel and a wireless rollerball keyboard. If I let the desktop come out of hibernation before I let the laptop out of sleep, the DT takes over the KVM priority and messes up the extended desktop settings. I guess the point is, depending upon what hardware you are running, their may be a difference between how each powersave mode treats your USB bus when it's in 'off' mode...
All of it is still lightyears ahead of the windows 3.1 days, disc OS's, etc. LONG boot times when you couldn't tell if the machine is actually doing anything besides hanging. How soon we forget.
With the cost of energy nowadays (recent price rise of almost 20% here) and the fact that I have an SSD in my rig means that I power off every night. Different story at work though - still on XP with dual core processor and mechanical hard drive... plus that's not using my electricity
I always turn my PC off when I go to sleep. I find it unnecessary to leave my PC on as I can simply just turn it back on in the morning. Overnight, I usually can't sleep if my PC is on due to noise, heat, as well as lights in my PC. >.>
I run with all power management features enabled and have the system set to sleep after 30 minutes. Just takes a few seconds to restore the desktop, definitely quicker than a full boot up sequence. When going out of town I power down completely and pull the plug on the power supply just in case of lightning.
on October 28, 2011
8:06 PM I always turn my PC off when I go to sleep. I find it unnecessary to leave my PC on as I can simply just turn it back on in the morning. Overnight, I usually can't sleep if my PC is on due to noise, heat, as well as lights in my PC. >.>
Someone always says this and it makes me think... How small is your room ffs!
Power is undependable where I live in Mexico. If I'm not there to attend to it, I turn off the machine. My UPS is only good for about 10 minutes, long enough to save any work and outlast the fairly frequent hiccups in service, and I'd rather monitor the shutdown than leave it to my software UPS oversight program. Dang newfangled gadgets.