UDLite computer power settings

The following power settings are recommended to decrease the amount of energy consumed by computers, peripherals, and related equipment on campus.

Windows computers

To access the power settings for a Windows computer, follow these general steps:

  1. Click Start.
  2. Click Control Panel.
  3. Click Power Options.
  4. Depending on your computer's operating system (i.e., Vista, or Windows 7), not all of the following options are available. Follow the setting guidelines below for the options available within your Power Options feature.

Desktop systems

  • Monitor—30 minutes
  • Drive—30 minutes
  • Standby—30 minutes
  • Turn off at night

Laptop systems using AC power (non-presentation)

  • Monitor—30 minutes
  • Drive—30 minutes
  • Standby—1 hour
  • Turn off at night

Laptop systems using battery power (non-presentation)

  • Monitor—15 minutes
  • Drive—15 minutes
  • Hibernation—30 minutes
  • Turn off at night

Laptop Systems using battery power (used for presentations)

  • Monitor—3 hours
  • Drive—3 hours
  • Standby—never

Laptop Systems using battery power (used for presentations)

  • Recommend using AC power; otherwise use the same settings as AC power settings.

Macintosh computers

To access the power settings of a Macintosh computer, follow these general steps:

  1. From the Apple menu, click System Preferences.
  2. Click Energy Saver.
  3. Depending on your computer's operating system (i.e., OS 10.4, 10.5, or 10.6), some of the following options may not be available. Follow the setting guidelines below for the options available within your Energy Saver feature.

Desktops systems

  • Computer to sleep—30 minutes
  • Display to sleep—30 minutes
  • Place a checkmark in the check box to the left of Put the hard disk(s) to sleep when possible.
  • Set computer to turn on and off automatically (e.g., wake at 7 a.m. and sleep at 6:30 p.m. weekdays) using the Schedule button.

Laptop systems

  • Display power—15 minutes
  • Computer to sleep—30 minutes
  • Place a checkmark in the check box to the left of Put the hard disk(s) to sleep when possible.

Office equipment (e.g., networked printers, copiers)

  • Powersave—1 hour
  • Turn off at night