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Instructions for Activating Your Power Management Settings

Learn how to activate sleep features on your individual computer with these instructions.  Simply click on the link for your operating system and follow the detailed steps to begin saving $$$ and energy.

If you use Windows XP or Windows 2000, automatically activate your power management settings with EZ Wizard.

EZ Wizard - is a simple software tool that automatically activates power management features for you. EZ Wizard will helps you decide the right power management settings. Currently, EZ Wizard is only available for computers that use Windows XP and Windows 2000 operating systems.

Recommended Power Management Settings for Desktop Computers
 Turn off monitor        After 15 minutes of inactivity; wakes in seconds.
 Turn off Hard Disks    After 30 minutes of inactivity; saves very little energy and can be ignored.
 System StandbyAfter 30 minutes of inactivity; wakes up in seconds.
 System Hibernate    Never; system wakes up in about 20+ seconds.

Standby mode reduces power consumption on your computer.  Hibernate mode turns off your computer after it saves everything in memory to your hard disk.  When you turn the computer on again, it restores the de, your desktop is restored exactly as you left it. 

The lower the settings, the more energy you save.  Use settings that work for you. Be as aggressive as you can be.

You can select a power scheme or create your own and save it.  You can change power scheme to "Presentation" mode if you don't want to be interrupted for a period of time and change it back when your done.

If you need 24/7 remote access to your desktop, via "Remote Desktop". for example, you may want to use monitor power management only.

For laptops, be sure to activate the AC (plugged in) power profile which saves energy when the laptop is plugged into the wall.

You can use the same recommendations for Macs.

Screen Savers

ITS recommends that you turn off your "Screen Savers".  Screen savers do not save energy since they continue to use the monitor at full power.  Screen savers were originally developed to prevent etching on old monochrome monitors.  Graphic-intense screen savers may actually burn twice as much energy.  In Windows, you can turn off your screen saver in the "Display" option of Control Panel or right mouse click on the Desktop and click on Properties to bring up the Display Properties window. 

Speakers and Printers

Remember to turn off your speakers and printers when not in use.