A friend of mine told me it is better to not turn off my desktop computer every night, instead to turn it off every few nights and just put it on standby every night. I work from home and I use my computer every day. Is it really better to not turn it off every night? I have a four-year-old dell Desktop with one of those old clunky monitors. Is putting it on standby saving as much power as turning it off? Also, does turning the computer on and off affect it negatively?
The issue isn’t as simple as you might think; there’s no single answer to this perennial question.
My answer, naturally, is “It depends.”
There are two issues at play here: the power used by a computer left running 24 hours a day, and the stress on hardware components being repeatedly turned off and on.
Leo, I’ve got a constant frustration that when I wake my computer after a sleep period, sometimes it comes up fine, other times it cannot reestablish internet connections or just doesn’t come back up and I end up having to reboot. I’ve learned to shut down the internet before I sleep. That relieves some of the problems but I can’t figure out why at times it just doesn’t come up – a dark screen and no blinking light activity
You would think after all this time that standby would be a lot more reliable. Sadly, in many cases, it just isn’t. I’ll explain why that is, what I do, and what steps you might take.