Weekend Open Forum: Do you turn your PC off at night?

By Shawn Knight · 139 replies
Oct 28, 2011
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  1. For years we have heard the pros and cons regarding turning off your computer each night. Those in favor of the practice usually point to energy savings as their main…

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  2. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,332   +101

    My electricity bill is high enough. I suspend my system overnight.
  3. 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.
  4. Cueto_99

    Cueto_99 TS Booster Posts: 248   +12

    From monday to friday I leave my office PC on sleep mode, on fridays I turn it off, it's always good to start on monday with a clean desktop :)

    I always turn off my home pc / laptop, although I will try today the hibarnate mode, and see if I get used to it.
  5. Technochicken

    Technochicken TechSpot Paladin Posts: 729

    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).
  6. 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.
  7. Shawn Knight

    Shawn Knight TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 9,467   +100

    I turn my system off every night. I've never been big on hibernation modes and I don't want my cat stepping all over the keyboard doing who knows what kind of damage lol
  8. Always sleep/suspend.
  9. i put mine in standby when not used during the day and turn it off fully overnight
  10. I am always downloading at night, and when I am in bed I always fall asleep watching a movie, or listening to music. So I require my PC being turned on 24/7
  11. DokkRokken

    DokkRokken TS Rookie Posts: 267

    I turn it off every night, and also during the day when not in use. An SSD boot with Windows 7 isn't very time consuming anyways.
  12. Placeholder

    Placeholder TS Rookie Posts: 21

    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.
  13. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,706   +172

    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
  14. Go to the Sleep mode
  15. Sometimes I turn it off. Sometimes not.
  16. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,448   +145

    I'm surprised that so many people leave their computers on!
    I turn mine off when I'm not using it. That can be a couple times a day.
  17. KingSingh

    KingSingh TS Rookie Posts: 19

    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. >.>
  18. yorro

    yorro TS Booster Posts: 251

    I always thought it was upsurd
  19. Mizzou

    Mizzou TS Enthusiast Posts: 823

    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.
  20. KingSingh
    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!
  21. i shut down everytime im done using it
  22. bfilmstudent

    bfilmstudent TS Rookie

    I often leave mine on. Especially if I'm rendering video. Usually takes several hours.
  23. Set mine to sleep after 2 hrs. Even with an SSD, no need to fully shut down.
  24. TJGeezer

    TJGeezer TS Enthusiast Posts: 385   +10

    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.
  25. i turn it off every night then turn it on in the early morning, i use it then turn it off in a bit to go to school then turn it on and keep it on all day except when not using it i let it sleep

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