Making Your Mac Energy Efficient – Hacks That Really Work

By David S. Chang

Going the extra mile to increase the energy-efficiency of your devices is a great idea. It makes them run longer, prolongs their overall lifespan, and saves on energy. You end up cutting down your power bills and doing your bit for the environment as well.

For Mac owners, making your system energy efficient requires just a bit of tweaking its settings and fine-tuning its hardware. Here are some easy hacks that can help you get started with maximizing the efficiency of your Mac.


Review your energy-saving settings

The simplest measure to implement is reviewing your energy savings settings. You can check them by accessing “Energy Saver” in the “Systems Preferences” tab of the Apple menu.

Although putting the hard drive to sleep can help preserve power, it can delay tasks when you need to perform them. It is, however, possible to find a balance between energy savings and avoiding unwanted delays in having your screen to wake up. You can also conserve power by choosing your screensaver wisely because some options need more processing power than others.


Implement energy-saving schedules

When you access “Energy Saver” settings, you will also find a “Schedule” button therein. Schedule settings enable you to power up, sleep, or shut down the system at set times.

You can set schedules for every day, weekdays, or weekends depending on your needs and preferences. In fact, you may even schedule your backups to save a great deal of energy by disabling backups while you are sleeping or out of the office.


Keep your system clean

It is obvious that a heavily loaded system would require a lot more power to start up and run. If you have hoarded redundant applications and files in your Mac over time, it is time to purge and start afresh.

A cache cleanup is also an essential element of the declutter routine. You will surely notice the difference in power usage once you have a lighter and clutter-free device to work on.


Shut things down

Another effective measure to save some watts is to shut down peripherals like displays, printer, speakers, and powered hubs when you shut down your Mac.

It would be a great idea to hook them all up to a single power strip so that everything can be shut off at once. If you prefer keeping your Mac in sleep mode, shutting off the peripherals is a smart way to cease their trickle power consumption.


Make your system run cooler

If your Mac runs hotter, it will end up using more power. Moreover, hard drives tend to lose on their lifespan if they run hot. The fans in the system spin faster to cool down the components and this elevates the energy consumption.

Keeping your Mac clean and dust-free ensures that it stays cooler and consumes less power. Dust accumulation can hinder the airflow and heat up the system.

Making your Mac energy efficient does not require much work but it can go a long way in saving up power and making the machine perform better in the long run. So these are some measures you should absolutely implement.

Author Bio: Working with Outreach Monks as the senior editor, Harris Dublin, is a technology expert. His keen interest in IoT devices and gadgets has been the very driving force behind his huge popularity amongst his readers.

David S. Chang

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