According to Microsoft, it is more energy efficient to put your computer in sleep mode then to turn it on and off. It takes more battery power for the computer to power on and off, then for it to stay in sleep mode.
I agree that turning your computer on or off does use up more power than to put it in sleep mode. Although, depending on how long you leave your computer idle, it can eventually break even or shift. If you prefer to put your computer in sleep mode rather than turn it off for a little while, then you’ll save energy. However, if you leave it idle for several hours or a day, it is still consuming power to keep your session on file to start where you left off. There are many newer computers that can save a session on the hard drive and just turn off, seemingly using no power.
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