To unplug, or not?
November 1, 2006 11:29 AM Subscribe
Should I turn the thing off, or unplug it, when I'm not using it, or leave it plugged in/turned on? How can you tell?
posted by box to Technology (14 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'd like to save money, and save electricity, and have my mechanical/electronic devices last as long as possible. But I'm often confused.
It's my understanding that many people think it's best to keep computers on all the time, as problems are likely to occur because of the stress of components heating up, cooling down, etc.
I've also heard, though, in reference to things like video game consoles and VCRs, that it's best to cut their power off completely when not in use, both to save energy and to save wear on the components.
I'm no expert on any of this stuff, and I might have some misinformation. It's safe to say, though, that there's a lot of seemingly-contradictory information floating around, and so I'm wondering: Which devices should be turned off/unplugged, and which shouldn't be? How can you tell? Are there any rules of thumb or general principles or whatnot?
What if I don't really care about the electric consumption, and I just want my devices to last as long as possible? What if I'm only concerned with saving energy? What if I'm only concerned with saving money?