What do you find more energy efficient – Hibernate or Sleep?
Everyone is talking about saving energy and power and thereby contributing towards saving the environment. You’d probably be doing it too. Which energy saving mode have you enabled on your computer – laptop, desktop, notebook, etc? Is it the sleep mode that you generally prefer or do you let your computer hibernate? Which out of the two helps conserve more energy? Which one is ultimately better?
Don’t fret if you don’t yet have the answers! For your easy understanding and to help you pick the best choice, here we’re highlighting the advantages that you can enjoy with each. So, depending on your requirement, you can then gauge for yourself the one that’ll be best for you…
Elaborating on Sleep mode
When Windows-based computers enter the low-energy condition, it is known as the Sleep Mode. In this mode, it is able to conserve energy as the hard drive remains turned off; only the RAM remains active, albeit it stays in the minimum power state. Here’re some features that you can associate with the Sleep mode:
- In this state, the computer isn’t shut off; it is still working. It stores all files and documents that you’d been working on, in the RAM.
- It is similar to the Standby mode.
- To wake a computer from sleep, all you’ll need to do is wriggle the mouse or simply pull up the laptop lid (if that’s how you had put it to sleep).
- The moment you let your computer know that you’re back, it will quickly load the operating system and almost directly load the applications you’d been working on.
- This is the fastest mode to save on power and get your device back to its working condition promptly.
- In this mode, connected peripherals such as keyboard, mouse, external drives, etc. get disconnected as well. These will regain the electricity supply as soon as you will wake up the computer.
- However, since the RAM is still powered on, it can continue doing the tasks without using too much energy.
Advantages of Sleep mode:
- Sleep mode is best if you are going away from your computer just for a few minutes – grabbing a cup of coffee, walking down to the next workstation for a small discussion, taking a small break.
- It boots a computer faster than from any other mode and allows you to immediately resume work.
Disadvantages of Sleep mode
- You’ve got to keep your device constantly powered on so as not to lose any data.
- If your laptop is running on battery, you’ll have to charge it or else sleep mode can drain the battery if gone unnoticed for long.
Elaborating on Hibernate mode
This provides you even better means to save on power as compared to the Sleep mode. Once you have chosen to let your computer Hibernate, it will cut off the power supply to all programs and documents, including the RAM. It will store everything that you had left open on your device, in your hard drive and almost shut down your computer.
- After saving your open documents, in the Hibernate mode, the computer will be shut down.
- When you will attempt to turn it on, the computer will call back all the apps, files, etc. from the location in your hard drive where it had saved them.
- While a device is hibernating, you will not be able to run any apps or programs in it.
Advantages of Hibernate mode:
- The Hibernate mode works best if you are leaving your computer for a couple of hours.
- It conserves better energy as compared to the Sleep mode and boots up faster than when a computer is shut down. So, if you are on the move, this can be a very good option to check out on your laptop or notebook.
Disadvantages of Hibernate mode
- It takes longer than waking a computer from its sleep.
- You won’t get to enjoy the instant response you get while shaking a device back to normal from its sleep mode.
As you can see, both has its own great as well as flip sides and depending on what exactly you want to achieve, you could try out the one that suits you best. In either case, it is always a good idea to occasionally Shut Down your computer to let it rest for awhile. Besides saving on power, you will also let the installed processor live for longer.