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|