Device Settings You Should Be Using to Save Cash and Energy


| 6/2/2017 10:24:00 AM


Tags: Energy-Efficiency, Electronics, Smart Thermostat, Smartphones, Lauren Topor,

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Want to cut down on energy consumption? From your thermostat and refrigerator to your smartphone and personal computer, these are the device setting hacks that you should know about.

Boost Battery Life

Today smartphones are the most used device. And it’s likely you could be cutting down on your energy consumption costs. Smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S8 plus are already energy-efficient, but can be even more so with a few simple hacks. It’s longtime charge of 11 hours can be optimized by turning off the Always On display. This setting draws a bit of juice that can wear down the battery life, but by disabling it via the Settings menu, you can earn yourself extra battery life. Also, changing your Galaxy S8 plus screen resolution from 2960x1440 to 1440x720 can also work wonders when it comes to extending your battery life.

Disable Notifications

Notifications can get annoying. And these annoying alerts drain energy. Manage your device’s alerts in the settings center and opt for the alerts that you want or need only. Do you really need to know how many likes your latest Instagram post is getting in real time?

Use Sleep Mode Power Settings

Named one of Energy Star’s most efficient desktop computers of 2017, the ASUS MB169 is a portable, lightweight computer that is a simple choice for energy efficiency. But not only is the model itself efficient, it comes equipped with a host of eco-friendly, energy-saving settings to reduce your footprint. One such setting is the MB169’s sleep mode. Rather than turning your system off, then on again, sleep mode, or standby, uses less energy from the outlet than powering down, utilizing the least amount of power necessary. A constantly running PC can run you about $130 per year. Putting it to sleep can save you some coin.

Switch Off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

These two are major energy suckers. Turn them off. When they are on, your phone is constantly searching for a signal to pull from, which drains your phone’s battery and wastes unnecessary energy. For iPhone users, deselect these options in the slide up control center.




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