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advanced power management tool LocalCooling s an advanced power management tool that helps you conserve resources by powering down your PC when it is not in use. It offers several advantages over the standard Windows power manager, as well as an overview of your estimated PC power usage, and a statistical report that shows you how much power you have conserved over time. The program can automatically turn off your monitor, shut down or hibernate your PC after X minutes of inactivity, and also offers an option to suspend the shutdown if a certain program is running or if the shutdown would occur before a specific time of day. LocalCooling even includes a community feature that allows you to upload your power saving statistics and compete with other users. Copyright Snapfiles.com

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Publisher Uniblue (2) Price Free
Version 1.04 beta Last updated Jul 30, 2007
File Size 2.57 Mb Requirements None

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Good for target audience, otherwise redundant 3 stars by SanctimoniousApe Nov 08, 2007 (Read all my 5 reviews)
Nothing here that can't be done better by using the control panel's "Power Options." If you've already done so, the program's memory (18MB) and processor usage can technically cause MORE energy waste. HOWEVER, for those who are not adept at (or couldn't be bothered with) doing the above it encourages power conservation by making a game out of it as well as giving hard numbers (even if only a vague guesstimate) to look at. While this may backfire by encouraging extremely competitive types to leave their PC on when they'd otherwise shut it off just so the program kicks in (it's not clear how "off" time is counted), overall it's more likely the positives will outweigh the negatives and therefore is better than no power tweaking at all. Other issues include a non-standard GUI and no "suspend" support, but Snapfiles doesn't provide enough review space (or formatting options) to talk about those, too. show Review details
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