If you are like me and spend most of your days cruising around your beloved Mac then you no are doubt being forever greeted with the annoying ‘Battery running low’ alert. Rapidly detangling your Apple charger lead like its an Olympic sport whilst your battery flashes 1% can be a bit hair raising. As I rarely turn off my Mac computer, this little sneaky trick saves energy and increases the life of your Mac battery….
How to Save Mac Battery Power
While most people set a funky screensaver to pop up when they are not using their computers, but unless you are proudly looking at it or using it to distract your dog whilst to dash to the kitchen to grab a cookie, your screensaver is not energy efficient. Your Mac utilizes its CPU, graphics chip and the display to present a screen saver. If you have a fun animated one, that will use up oodles more energy.
Sneaky Tip – To save energy and ensure your Mac battery lasts longer I recommend you set your OS X system to skip activating your screen saver whenever your mac is left idle and to just put the display straight to sleep instead.
It is very easy to put your Mac straight to sleep and save energy, just follow these steps…
1.) From your toolbar click on the mini Apple logo on the left hand side with your cursor.
2.) A drop down menu will appear. Scroll down a little and select the option ’System Preferences’.
3.) Your System Preference window will now pop up. Browse through and select the ‘Energy Saver icon’ (Its looks like a light bulb).
4.) Next your Energy Saver window will be presented to you displaying two sliders. One titled ‘Computer Sleep’ and the other ’Display Sleep.’
‘Computer Sleep’ will ultimately save the most amount of energy as this option puts your entire computer, live programs and all, into a temporary snooze. To wake up your Mac just tap any key or move your cursor.
‘Display sleep’ is just a more efficient screensaver. It saves power but not as much as computer sleep, however it allows your Mac to come back to life absolutely instantly, whereas Computer sleep takes a second or two to wake up.
5.) Click and drag the sliders to set the time you wish your computer to sleep after it has gone idle. I usually have my ‘Display Sleep’ set for 5 mins (as I don’t want my screen to black out during a long news article). Then I have my ‘Computer Sleep’ set at 10 mins.
Hope you have found this sneaky energy saving tip helpful!