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do you leave your computer switched on 24/7

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by wedrum, Nov 8, 2018.

  1. antijoke


    Joined: Jan 28, 2003

    Posts: 37,453

    Location: Stratford-Upon-Avon

    No,because I care about the environment.

    I think it’s time we introduce a further tax on high energy consumption households, I’m going to apply for some funding of a 5 year study to show the revenue available to the government if they introduced a tax on these households leaving electrical goods on all day.
  2. amigafan2003


    Joined: Jan 18, 2008

    Posts: 14,008

    Location: Fylde Coast, Lancashire

    Mine has been on 24/7 since August when I put the 2950x in it - before that it has was on for 9 months continuously - many reasons - 3D Rendering, compiling, running VMs, statistical analysis, machine learning algorithms, running simulations etc. It's never not doing something.

    High energy households already pay more tax.
  3. Deluxe1


    Joined: May 26, 2007

    Posts: 4,906

    Do you pay the electricity bill?
  4. itchy


    Joined: Mar 29, 2011

    Posts: 4,746

    I leave mine on 24/7 as it goes bonkers on booting, scan disk always comes up I have checked MSCONFIG but I don't know why it does it.

    Shut it down it takes ages to boot up as I have a 250mb ssd, 2x 1tb hard drives and a 3 tb drive and a 5gb external drive.

    I think it might be a bios issue not sure. But waiting for it to scan 10tb is a long process and gets on my nerves at 10am when I just want to read the news. Am not a morning person.

    Edit I did not realise I had that much storage. lol
    Last edited: Nov 8, 2018
  5. FishFluff


    Joined: Nov 7, 2003

    Posts: 4,837

    Location: Deepest, darkest Leeds

    Mine is ‘on’ 24/7 but it’s mostly in sleep mode. It’s also an iMac so not exactly some juiced up, 900W ‘leccy slurping gaming rig even when I’m using it!
  6. Semple


    Joined: Mar 5, 2010

    Posts: 4,838

    Pretty much this.

    When it used to take a few mins to fully boot, it was a bit of a nightmare. Now with PCs booting in seconds there's no real point.
  7. antijoke


    Joined: Jan 28, 2003

    Posts: 37,453

    Location: Stratford-Upon-Avon

    Then they need to pay more to encourage them to use less.
  8. Armageus


    Joined: May 19, 2012

    Posts: 9,474

    Location: Spalding, Lincolnshire

    Work PCs on all the time - even across the whole business the energy saving of turning 35W HP Minis off vs inconvenience of turning them back on, and possible risk of issues happening on bootup isn't worth it.

    Home PCs only on when required - with SSDs is all my PCs I don't even bother with hibernate anymore as clean boot and launching apps is plenty quick enough.
  9. Dis86


    Joined: Dec 23, 2011

    Posts: 19,200

    Location: Northern England

    No. It's pointless since it takes less than 10s to boot.
  10. Minusorange


    Joined: Nov 25, 2005

    Posts: 3,251

    What environmental damage does leaving a pc on 24/7 cause ?

    I leave mine on 24/7 because I also mine with it when I'm not using it
  11. wedrum


    Joined: Aug 11, 2016

    Posts: 4,040

    Location: Cheshire

    Nowadays though these pc's use so little energy when idle. Plus it's better on the components to be a constant temperature. Powering on and off must take it's toll.
  12. Mark1989


    Joined: Dec 5, 2008

    Posts: 11,882

    On 24/7, it is also used as my plex server too. Doesn't cost much anyway
  13. NooBish AbbZ


    Joined: Mar 21, 2013

    Posts: 2,669

    Location: Manchester, UK

    I used to 'sleep' it when i went out to work/gym/shopping etc. and shut down over night. That was until i came back from work and for whatever reason it had done something (guessing a windows update) and basically gone back to day 1 week 1 of Windows 10. Fortunately a system restore restored everything, but after that i shut down if it's being left for more than an hour or two, leave on for less than that.
  14. itchy


    Joined: Mar 29, 2011

    Posts: 4,746

    Very true its more beneficial to keep your PC on as it will be at an ambient temperature, especially when it gets cold.

    Spinning hard drives, liquid cooled systems up from boot play havoc with the system when its cold. I never shut mine down in winter.

    Its not too cold atm but am just having issues with boot so I have left it on. It wont be getting shut down in the next few months when the cold sets in.
    Last edited: Nov 8, 2018
  15. Feek


    Joined: Oct 17, 2002

    Posts: 25,663

    Location: In the radio shack

    Yes, it's a media server as well.
  16. agw_01


    Joined: Apr 11, 2004

    Posts: 19,323

    I used to leave my machine on 24/7 when I was younger after reading about the damage caused by frequently heat cycles but unless you're not turning it on and off every 5 minutes, I reckon you'd have replaced the machine long before it started to show any symptoms of heat cycling.

    My machine uses about 60w at idle so it gets powered on whenever I first need it each day and will stay until I go to bed. I'll put it on standby if I know I definitely won't be using it for a good portion of the day though.
  17. Firestar_3x


    Joined: Mar 11, 2005

    Posts: 29,137

    Location: Leafy Cheshire

    ~130w for two servers, pfsense router, two switches some smart home stuff etc, left on all the time, costs something like £100 a year to run.

    Other machines get started when first used then left on for the day.
  18. xb8browney


    Joined: May 19, 2005

    Posts: 5,214

    Location: North East

    Nah, used to back in the day with large downloads.
  19. LabR@t


    Joined: Nov 30, 2005

    Posts: 8,463

    Why? So we can light a city? They turn our lights of at 12!! It's pitch black walking home from the pub.
  20. snips86x


    Joined: Nov 14, 2012

    Posts: 15,486

    Location: Wiltshire