Your tv is one example of being in sleep mode, that is what gives you instant on and off mode, do you shut the power off at the wall, I don't know what you have in your house but their could be some other devices that are instant on or off, if saving power is what your looking for. CheersI turn mine off mainly because I hate for an electrical device to be on in a house that no one is using. My wife will vouch for my persistence. Like other people have stated, with an SSD, wait time is greatly diminished. Usually by the time I hit the PC power button, power on my speakers, pull out my chair, take the crap out of my pockets, and sit down, the system is waiting for me.
4 computers and a media center in the house - plus my laptop if I bring it home from work. They all go to sleep instead of shutting off. I'd rather they shut off but no matter how many times I tell the girls to shut off their friggin PC, they forget. I come home from work or whatever, and everyone's doing something else while their PC and monitor's on. Blah.
I enabled sleep mode on everyone's computer so it sleeps in 15 minutes of idle. It's better than nothing.
My overclocked i7 machine has been running 24/7 for most of the past 6 years. I have another machine, a linux server which has been running 24/7 since 2003, still with the original hard disk. Some of the other hardware was replaced in 2008 (CPU, memory, mainboard).
How'd you manage that?
But I have a salary. I guess for others though, you can idle and work an extra minute every day.It costs an extra $80 a year to keep your machine idle.
Assuming it takes one minute to boot your computer every day * 356 days, that's six hours of waiting for your computer to boot each year.
$80 / 6 hours means if you make more than $13 an hour at your day job, idling pays for itself.
Unless the tree hugger wants to start paying my electric bill, I think I'll do as I damn well please. Thank you. That is all.