I am in the northwest where they have tons of hydro power. The federal and state governments have helped finance building wind generators. Now the companies are having money trouble so they are getting money from both governments to help them keep going. Well this year the wind farms were generating more power than was needed so the government made the hydro power companies buy the excess energy from wind that they had no use for.
My guess is we will be paying more in your cost range soon :-( thanks to the "efficiency" of government.
If I'm not using it I turn it off.
I do this to save wear and tear on the mechanical parts, to save power and to keep out the dust.
Also, anything that's sucking air is also sucking dust, which gets deposited in the guts of the PC and on the blades of the fan too. This leads to moisture absorption which can lead to premature failure over the longer term. It can also lead to annoying fan wind or bearing noise. If the noise doesn't bother you it's probably not a problem. If you have a laptop, the dust might become an additional problem due to additional heat buildup from the confined spaces having their air flow further restricted. If you're in a non-air-conditioned environment, the dust can be significant. If you're in a hot and/or dusty environment, well you work it out - good luck with that!
I replaced my HDD with an SSD, so I don't have to worry about wearing out bearings and heads and and stuff (not to mention the 10-fold increase in PC performance as well, from 10 minute cold boots reducing to 30 seconds!). So the fan is now the only moving part in my machine (when I'm not using the now rarely-used DVD/CD drive).
Also, if you have a laptop you don't have to worry about power brownouts too much because the battery carries you across that, but with a PC, a brownout can kill a disk write and cause you grief to restore your data.
And if you do have a laptop or battery operated device, if you don't hibernate or sleep the machine when not using ac mains, your battery's gonna go flat. The more often you deep-discharge modern batteries: the less life you're going to get out of it, and they can be expensive to replace.
But it's up to you. What would I know... I'm just a professional ICT hardware specialist.
I leave my PC's on and turn the monitor off when I'm not using it. Lots of tasks get done when you're not using your PC, especially the background tasks that run when the PC is idle.
I just read the 1st post and so much of the referenced article was garbage... "Viruses" don't kill PC's and I change my fans out as they get dirty, make noise, etc...
Not everyone is a self made geek
My wife hates email (She is almost 80) and uses Google for research before buying stuff....if it wasn't for Pogo she wouldn't own a puter...she uses Java too
Computers bore her...so do geeks
She leaves her computer on...because she can not find the charm button in Win 8 and could care less...where it is , anyway
(I shut it down for her)
BTW: I like Win 8....as they say in baseball...."it has been very very good to me"
It was an article for all continuum of end-users....not just self made experts
Changing fans works for some...but not all know how to open a case
The average end-user calls a Tower a CPU.....viruses cause some of them many dollars $$$, and some can not afford the cost to repair and recover data or to pay to have a fan installed
This was probable the wrong place/forum to post this....it was not a question....it was something to discuss in a civil manner ...
(No need to call a noted computer writer's work garbage... JMHO)
I have built more computers than the average bear....and I remember when a person knew how to upgrade a few MB's of RAM; he was not an expert he was a genius and had to go to computer school to learn how to do it....wow....did you see that he opened the case and added a few more MB's of RAM (Circa 1980)
I am use to user friendly forums that do not have a bunch of badges and Latin titles
I have been helping people for free with computing for 32 years...
I am still learning
I get the point....I am moving on
This is probably the best Website for Win 8 support....but not what I was expecting
I doubt telling a joke would even be acceptable to a few
I am a friendly old geezer...but I do not take crap from anyone with a self made title or badge
I thought this was a discussion forum...I was not asking for help...just having a social visit
Thanks to most who were not condescending and impressed with themselves
No need to ban me ...I quit
Mod no need to email me....I have several other help sites that keep me busy
Last edited by abseh1; 18 Jan 2013 at 00:29.