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There was a time when people believed that use of computers, internet and other technological advances will help protect the environment. Well, less trees are being cut because people use computer and virtual copies of documents instead of having paper copies. However, this does not mean the environment has really benefited from our switch to technology.
Writing on paper involved zero power. On the other hand, running a computer consumes a lot of power. The same is true for laptops and other tablet devices. If you want to do your bit for the environment, you should be prepared to shut down your computer on regular basis. Left to itself, the computer can remain powered for a very long time.
The internal cooling mechanism in a relatively comfortable environment will work well for a very long time. If you want to do your bit to help the environment with the help of technology, you should instruct your computer to shut down the hard disk 15 to 20 minutes of inactivity. You too will not have to wait for a long time to reboot the computer.
Not only will this will help you reduce immediate consumption of power, it will also improve the efficiency of your device. Frequent rebooting is a must to get rid of various temporary files that get accumulated in your operating system folder.
If you do not get rid of this empty waste, your computer is, sooner or later, going to consume extra power without any rhyme or reason. What is more, you do not have to make any significant change to your lifestyle or computer usage pattern.