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

By Shawn Knight · 139 replies
Oct 28, 2011
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  1. I leave mine on .It is harder on hardware to shutdown and reboot.

    I leave my machine doing Foldng@home all day. I don't worry about the electric charges that it produces because .I have reduced my carbon/electrical footprint more than what I use with the folding. and plan on reducing it further. Most people don't realize how much power all their appliance and lighting take...just switching your lighting from bulb to LED would probably pay for the power used by your computer.

    Going green is the way to go...but going green with purpose is better. Folding helps medical science that could one day save a member of your family. A reason enough for me to continue that while finding ways to go green.
  2. yes, of course. and from outlet, too.
    only medieval people don`t do this.
  3. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,739   +3,706

    Always on and 100% CPU

    I'm part of Folding@home project, my PC runs 24/7 regardless of whether I am on the PC or not.
  4. Wendig0

    Wendig0 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,136   +131

    I used to leave my rig on 24/7, but noticed it was considerably hotter in my office, and hallway, than in the rest of the house.The temp has been a lot more comfortable in the evenings since I began shutting my pc off. Another plus is that my power bill is consistently $70-$90 less each month. I don't think of it as "going green", so much as plain old smart economics.
  5. bchen88c

    bchen88c TS Member Posts: 23

    I put my laptop into low power consumption settings at night (not sleeping it), because the next day I typically SSH tunnel into it from my school network to bypass school filters (SOCKS5 proxy) and to access documents as well. Very helpful.
  6. straight on all time.

    just reboot when it crashes.

    and it just goes off when have a blackout.
  7. I let it suspend to ram (s2ram) after 60 minutes w/o use or overnight. It just takes a few seconds to wake up in OpenSUSE.
  8. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    I turn it off at night now. Back in the day when I had a much slower internet connection, I used to leave it on all night to download stuff, but now the connection is fast enough not to worry about it.
  9. Why would i want to wear out my hardware by leaving it on 24/7? Not to say that i don't leave my p4 fileserver on from time to time but that also seeds my favorite versions of linux. I feel that power savings and saving my hard drive life is much more important. Also gaming rigs suck a $hitload of juice.
  10. negroplasty

    negroplasty TS Guru Posts: 516   +12

    Stay on 24/7 365. I've heard it can hurt your machine turning it on and off frequently as when you kill the power your system continues to heat up for a short period of time, if turning off after heavy use you can see the potential for problems here. My computers have always stayed on with their hard drives spinning. No longevity problems as of yet.
  11. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,473   +377

    I have one computer that I keep on 24/7, for whatever tasks I decide for it to do. This system does not use much power, so I am not terribly concerned. I put my other "main" computer on standby whenever I'm gone during the day and at night I sometimes outright turn it off, though the later is not regularly part of my routine.
  12. i have always shut down at night, except when i was in the business. we had novell server that ran for 8 years without a reboot. sure wish windows could do that.
  13. My computers stays on 24/7. At night when I am asleep is when my computers run backups, disk cleanup, defrag, scans, ect... I also have security cams connected to my pc and a lot of other programs such as ftp, network scanners, ect.
  14. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,287   +903

    I only leave my computer on at day when I leave something downloading, every other case and over nights I turn it off. It is unnecesary to leave it powered when I'm not even at home, specially since boot times are of around a minute or minute and a half.
  15. I never shut my main PC down and haven't for years. One of the main reasons is that I remotely access it when I am not at home using Orb or Splashtop.
  16. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Posts: 990   +233

    "Going green" be damned lol. I turn my computer off every night to save money. It's a pointless waste otherwise, except for a rare occassion when I have something to download over night.
  17. PinothyJ

    PinothyJ TS Guru Posts: 460   +22

    At the wall…
  18. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,340   +1,437

    It gets cold in my room at night and my computer doubles as a space heater. I also need the ambient noise of the fans to put me to sleep at night.
  19. Suspend every time I get up from the computer and shut down if more than a few hours.
  20. TrueBooleanFals

    TrueBooleanFals TS Member Posts: 76   +12

    cut it off at night, the bright blue LEDs would keep my wife awake all night and would heat the room to a temperature I couldn't sleep with. During the day, it's only on when I feel like it or if the wife wants to surf the web. Fast boots, decent net, 380w/h usage, why keep it on like back in the day. I can't believe I used to keep my 750w PC on when I lived with my parents...
  21. Tekkaraiden

    Tekkaraiden TS Evangelist Posts: 997   +93

    I always turn my computers off when I'm not using them.
  22. Sarcasm

    Sarcasm TS Guru Posts: 367   +46

    Shut down before I go to work, turn back on when I get home after 14 hours. However, depending on if I'm working on any projects then I leave it on.
  23. Sarcasm

    Sarcasm TS Guru Posts: 367   +46

    Probably depends on the component. However I also did hear specifically about GPU users who have long gaming sessions with their GPUs heating up, and then shutting the computer down immediately leaves all the heat inside the GPU. Some suggested to let it cool down first before shutting it off. Sorta makes sense.
  24. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,188   +470

    I shut mine down at the end of the day or if I know I won't be using it for awhile.
  25. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 7,674   +414

    Many years ago when I was reading a similiar article from Kim Komando
    She said it was best to leave your pc on 24/7, 365 so it would get virus/malware updates as they arrived.
    That was good enough for me,but since I also listen to the tunes on my pc to sleep by, I can't really turn it off. So yes, I leave mine on all the time. rebooting a few times a day.:)

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