Checking email or using the Internet only when you need to, rather than first thing in the morning, so you do not turn on your computer at the start of the day and leave it running.
Leaving your laser printer off until you are ready to use it.
Grouping your computer tasks during one or two parts of the day, leaving the system off during other times.
Turning on different pieces of equipment one at a time, instead of all at once with the switch on a power strip.
To manually set your computer to power-save mode follow the directions below. Please note that the instructions may differ slightly from system to system.
Right-click on your desktop. A dialog box appears. Select Properties.
Select the Screen Saver tab and then click on the Power... button.
In the Power Options Properties window that opens, clik on the Power Schemes tab. Under Power schemes you will find a drop down menu that offers many pre-set schemes. Clicking on a scheme will change the values under the Settings for power scheme section. Note:
If you're using a desktop computer, you will not see Running on batteries.
For some systems, System hibernates may not be an option.
You can also select the number of minutes after which you want your screen (and your CPU) to power down under the Settings for power scheme section. We recommend something between 5-15 minutes. Click OK twice to save settings.
Go to the Apple pull-down menu and select System Preferences...
Select Energy Saver. A pop-up window will appear allowing you to customize your settings.
Click the Show Details button.
Select the number of minutes after which you want your screen (and your CPU) to power down. We recommend something between 5-15 minutes.