How to save power ( lower the energy bill) when using a desktop/laptop computer

Using Microsoft OS in default setting is not very energy efficient.

It will be consuming & wasting too much power in default settings. So your electricity bill will go up.

Also in laptop it will cause to generate more heat, which the inbuilt fan will not be able to dissipate properly.

You can do these settings to lower the amount of energy spent on CPU.


  • Goto Control Panel
  • Open “Power Options
  • Select “Power saver
  • Click “Change plan settings” for the active power plan

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  • Click “Change advanced power settings

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  • Under “Processor power management
  • Under “System cooling policy“, set “Active” for “Plugged in

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You must also do other settings in “Power options Advanced settings” so that it works as you want it to.

I always keep my computer ON. When I am away computer keep downloading.

Here is the settings that i do.  You may do the setting similar to mine or you may do what you like.

  • Set “Sleep after” to “Never” as shown below
  • Set “Hibernate After” to “Never

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  • Set “Intel graphics Power Plan” to “Balanced” for “plugged In
  • Set “Lid Close action” to “Do nothing
  • Set “Power button action” to “Shut down

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  • Set “Link State Power Management” to “Moderate power savings” for “Plugged In
  • Set “Turn Off display” to “10 minutes

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  • Set “Low battery level” to “15%
  • Set “critical battery level” to “8%

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  • Set “Reserve battery level” to “10%

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  • Additionally you should use GPU inbuilt in processor as it saves power compared to using external graphics card, for your day to day tasks.
  • For gaming, video editing and graphics processing you can use external graphics card.