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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.

Get maximum Read Write speed from internal hard disk data drive/volume/partition

To get maximum read-write speed from Internal hard Disk partition you need to Format it with “NTFS” File system and set “Allocation unit size” to 16-64 Kilobytes.

By default allocation unit size is 4KB.

Increasing the Allocation unit size makes it much easier to manage storage space but it also causes wastage of storage space.

So if you worry about wastage of storage space then use Allocation unit size as 16 KB.I recommend using 16 KB as Allocation unit size.

Otherwise you could use highest 64 KB.

Note : Formatting the Internal hard Disk partition will Erase all the data in it.

The internal hard disk in your computer may have multiple partitions. This technique should only be used in  drive/volume/partition which will be used to store users data. Don’t use this tweak in Boot partitions in which Windows OS has been installed.

  • As you can see below that internal hard disk has multiple partitions named ( C: E: G: H: I: )
  • Out of them C: and E: partition has Windows OS installed. The user should not use this tweak in these partitions.
  • G: H: and I: partition is used to store users data. So we can use this tweak on it.

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  • Formatting data partition I:
  • Move all the files in the I: partition to another location on the computer.
  • Select a data partition and right click on it.
  • Select “Format

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  • Set File System as “NTFS
  • Set “Allocation unit size” to “64 kilobytes
  • Click “Start

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  • click “OK

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  • Click “OK

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  • Click “Close

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  • Now you will get better Read Write speed from this newly formatted partition.
  • Similarly, format other data partition as shown above. Don’t forget to backup the data in the partition before formatting it.