Legacy Document: This information is historical in nature. Click here to view current site


'Green Screens' Campaign:
Mac OS X 10.3 and 10.4

Saving Energy while using a Screen Saver

Step 1 of 2: Set the Screen Saver Delay:
  1. From the Apple Menu, choose "System Preferences"
  2. Click the icon labelled "Desktop & Screen Saver"
  3. Click the "Screen Saver" tab
  4. Use the "Start screen saver" slider to set an appropriate delay

Screensaver Control Panel

Step 2 of 2: Set the Energy Saver Settings:
  1. Click "Show All"
  2. Click the "Energy Saver" icon
  3. If you want to put your entire computer to sleep, choose the time using the slider named "Put the computer to sleep when it is inactive for:"
    Note: when your computer is asleep, it uses very little power, and it is essentially turned off, i.e. it can't do anything.
  4. If you only want the screen/monitor to go to sleep, click the box labelled "Put the display to sleep when the computer is inactive for" and choose an appropriate time
    Note: if you choose a time that is shorter than the amount of time before the screensaver starts, you will never see the screensaver!
  5. For extra savings, also click the button labelled "Put the hard disk(s) to sleep when possible"

Screensaver Control Panel