Are my Windows Power Settings Energy Star compliant?

I am often asked by customers whether their Windows 7 Power Settings are Energy Star compliant.

The recommendations for Windows clients are:

  • Computers must enter system standby or hibernate after 30 to 60 minutes of inactivity.
  • Monitors must enter sleep mode after 5 to 20 minutes of inactivity

Windows 7 by default comes with 3 Power Plans. High Performance, Balanced (default) and Power Saver. If you have enabled the Balanced or Power Saver power plan then you are using the recommended Energy Star power settings.

Power Scheme Standby / Hibernate (Battery / Plugged in) Monitor sleep mode (Battery / Plugged in)
Balanced 15 / 30 minutes 5 / 10 minutes
Power Saver 10 / 15 minutes 2 / 5 minutes
High Performance Never / Never 10 / 15


Additional Information

Power Policy Configuration and Deployment in Windows
Manually activating power management in Windows 7

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