Windows 10 has numerous methods for reducing the power consumption of your computer. There are setting that control how long your computer or monitor takes to automatically turn off, the ability to disable notifications and actions, turn off apps and features, as well as help make multitasking easier. There are also options to change these times based on if the computer is plugged in or not. Power Saver Mode is an option that automatically scales down system performance and displays brightness to not use as much power. However, this mode can cause the system to run sluggishly. Running resource intensive games, for example, can be difficult.
This feature can be accessed by the Power Options window via Cortana. By typing power plan and pressing enter, Cortana will show the available power plans you can choose. There is also the Balanced power mode. This mode automatically balances performance and energy usage based on the hardware that is being used. This setting is excellent when one wishes to enjoy saving power but still having access to their full performance of their computer. Finally, the High-Performance energy plan consumes the most energy, however, allows your computer to perform at its peak operating conditions.
Deciding which energy plan is right for you is generally situation and hardware specific. If the computer is at home, you may want to turn off the automatic shutdown settings, so you don’t lose your information when you step away from your computer. Also, running lower display brightness can reduce the energy consumption by a significant amount. The power saver plans are great for laptops, where you might only be running on battery power. By selecting the Power Saver plan, you can increase the time you can run your laptop without having it plugged in. For most situations, the High-Performance plan is the best because it gives you the most performance. If your computer is plugged in, it is recommended to be in the High-Performance mode when possible. In the past, I have run in High-Performance mode and simply reduced the screen brightness to save power. By doing that, I achieved max performance with reduced power consumption.
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