The Green Advantage: Set Your PC Laptop To Consume Less Energy
inApril 21, 2009 - 1:09pm
April 22, 2009 is Earth Day! Did you know that you can adjust the settings on your PC laptop so that it will consume less energy? Here's how:
There are three main components of a laptop that consume significant amounts of electricity (in approximate order): the screen, the processor, and the hard disk and DVD drive. The screen is the single most power hungry part of the laptop, and the most gains can be achieved there. Modern laptop processors provide some power saving features, but they also produce heat which requires active cooling with fans. And finally, hard disks and DVD drives are the last "moving parts" components on a computer. A hard disk that is powered up is spinning the drive platters 90-120 rotations each second.
To get to the power management settings on your laptop:
Under the Power Schemes Tab, in the Power Schemes area, select