For many reasons I trun off all equipment in my office at night, leave on durning day, unless we will be out all day.
I worked at a place that made hard-drives, it is true that the spinup of the hard-drive (starting up from being off) is the time when the drive will fail most often. So I leave the drives on all day and shut them down only at night. The screens on the computer go in to black after 15 min of non use. I try to buy the better brands of hard-drives. Knock on wood, thus far all hard-drives are still running. Even the two I had to saw out of melted plastic of the computer after a fire in my office in 2003. My daughter has one and I have one connected by USB.
When I shut down I install any new windows updates that have been down loaded for the day. And I shut all power off to all equipment, including my modem, printer and hard-drives. I do this by truning off the power stripe they are pluged into.
Scanners are only connected to power when I use them, I don't leave them on all the time. I do leave my all in one printer on all the time, but it is an energy star printer. I do power cycle it about once a week so it can reset itself.
While fixing an issue with a cell phone, the tech said shutting my phone off when not is use is good for the phone and allows it to reset on powerup. I have been using the same phone since Aug 2001. The way I use the phone is whats helped it last so long. I only charge when the phone tell me it is low on power.
The same in true with my portable phone that I use around the house. I use recharage batteries in everything that I can. I only buy rechargeable AA and AAA's. Then again only recharge when fully discahrged. That makes the battery last longer.
May desktop is 5 years old, the laptop is 1, and a printer is 5 and the all in one is new. I bought the scanner at Goodwill last year. I am not one to add the lastest and greatest. I like the tried and true. I only use XP, nothing runs on Vista.
All lighting in my home has bees switched to the low energy bulbs. I recycle every thing I can. I use resusable shopping bags. And I try to buy products made from recycled materials. I also think about what goes into the making of the products I buy. Like my new all in one printer is one that you just replace the ink, not the print-head. The amount of chemicals used to make the print-head is now saved, not by me but by the company that makes my printer. Making their impact lower and in the process I now print for $0.02 instead of $0.07. As soon as we use up the one cartridge of ink, we will recycle the old printer. I also print on both sides of the paper, cutting my paper useage in half.
SAVE, SAVE is what I am all about!
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