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Energy saving

There are numerous situations in which PC Manager can help you to reduce your energy waste/costs. In this post we will enumerate some of them, which can be extrapolated to your home or company.

In recent times,  the number of background tasks a PC needs to perform is increasing exponentially (i.e. software/OS updates, virus scanning, data backup, big files downloading, cloud sync, hard disks defragmentation, etc.), which makes a PC unusable during its execution. Because of this, we usually tend to leave them on continuously, and schedule these tasks to moments when we are not using the PC (or in the worst case, we omit these tasks completely, with the resulting security risks and performance issues).

If, in addition to scheduling these tasks, you use PC Manager, you can program it to shut down your PC securely after the completion of these tasks (or when the PC Manager detects inactivity for a period of time specified by the user). Considering that a PC in idle state consumes a power of roughly 100 W, we can estimate the cost of a PC running 12 h a day1 in this state as about 70 $/€/£2 per year, which you can save using PC Manager. If you have several computers in your company or home, the resulting amount isn’t negligible.

If you have considerable PC hardware knowledge, you’re probably aware that the majority of computers include a scheduled turn on/off configuration in the BIOS, however, this method has significant disadvantages. The first and most important is that any future schedule modification requires a BIOS change on each PC, computer by computer. Consequently, if you have several PCs, anything as simple as a working schedule change may become a nightmare, when it comes to updating all computers with the new schedule. Another downside is the inability to specify holidays, vacation periods or reduced working hours. In comparison, PC Manager, in addition to the functions you previously had, goes one step forward in allowing you to vary these schedules in all of your computers simultaneously, or by department, by floor, etc. All this in less than a minute.

It might be that you need to have permanent 24 hour remote access to your computer, but when you aren’t connected, it remains in the same condition previously exposed: wasting energy/money without doing any task. PC Manager allows you, in an easy and fast manner, to turn on/off your PC remotely, so when you don’t need to be connected you can safely shut down your computer to continue saving energy.

Several computers may need to perform tasks without interruption (like cryptocurrency mining, calculation of scientific simulations, renderings, etc.) and therefore it may seem that the energy usage cannot be reduced. However, a constantly running computer may experience locking or freezing, which causes that task to be interrupted. This nevertheless, does not prevent the computer from consuming energy. PC Manager can detect if your computer freezes and even reboot it immediately, or notify you, as you wish!

1: 24 h – 8 h (of work activity) – 4 h (of scheduled tasks) = 12 h

2: (100 W = 0,1 kW) x 0,15 ($/€/£, estimation3) /kWh x 12h x 365 days ≈ 70 $/€/£

3: This amount (cost per kWh) is widely variable according to country, region and type of contract, consequently for a more precise saving estimation, you will need to replace this amount by the amount contained in your electricity bill/contract.

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