How to Save Power Using Energy Saver Preferences Pane in Mac

Thank good sense that we as a species are finally realising that we need to do more for our planet’s health, so we ourselves can survive longer. A big part of this has to do with our energy consumption. And yes, how much time you spend on your gadgets is an important part of it.

Saving power that you consume through your electronic devices is a thing. But few know about it, and the ones that do often don’t get to know all the ways they can. So we decided to compile a list of all the methods you can use to save power on your Mac using the Energy Saver Preferences and other neat tweaks you can do in a minute or less. Let’s begin!


First, How to Go to the MAC Energy Saver Preferences Pane?

Energy Saver Preferences Pane

1. Go to the menu or dock

2. And choose System Preferences >Hardware > Energy Saver.

The pane should pop up instantly, and you can use all the functions listed below from the same pane.


Adjusting screen brightness for your Mac

Adjusting screen brightness

It is generally recommended to keep your gadget screen dull, or at a comfortable brightness and not crank it al the way up. The display is the most power-consuming part of many a device, and it does consume a big chunk of power in Macs as well since such a big part of the output is visual. You can thankfully dull the screen using the MAC power settings provided in the Saver Preferences Pane.

  • In the Options Tab in the Energy-Saver Preferences Panel (check steps above to find how to reach it), check mark the “Automatically Reduce the brightness on display before display sleep” option by clicking on the box in front of it.
  • This option is only available for portable macs. Desktop Macs don’t have the option. But there is a way to reduce brightness in general which may help you regardless of the which you carry.
  • Use the hotkeys on top of your keyboard to modify brightness. If you’re using a different keyboard than the one that comes with the system, press the button corresponding to screen brightness reduction. Consult your user manual for more information on which exactly that is.
  • In addition to saving power, this also makes it easier and less straining on the eyes to work long hours staring at your screen.


Adjusting Sleep Mode on your Mac

Adjusting Sleep Mode

Sleep Mode isn’t something fancy; it’s something most of us take for granted. Your Mac screen switching off is what people usually mean when they say Sleep Mode, but really, there are different kinds of “sleep” your Mac can go into.

  1. One is this kind of sleep which only affects the screen, characterised by the screen going dark, and waking up by the touch of a key or a push to the mouse. Only the screen is switched off to prevent screen burn-out; the rest of your Mac is still working.
  2. The next kind of sleep is when powers down and logs you out. Many models among macs don’t have the previous kind of sleep and log you out when they power down. This also affects their behavior since the drives and utilities can also be powered down in this period.

You can adjust the period after which this sleep mode is kicked in by following the steps given below. Remember, the quicker your PC falls asleep, the more power you’ll save. But if it enters sleep mode too soon and too frequently, it’ll be an inconvenience. So adjust your sleep time accordingly.

  • In the Energy-Saver Preferences Pane, go to the Sleep tab.
  • You should be able to find a scroller with different tabs time durations marked as graduations.
  • Click and drag the scroller to adjust the sleep time accordingly.
  • What’s more, you can choose different sleep times for when you are plugged in (short sleep time helps charge your device better by stemming consumption while charging) using “Power Adapter”, when you’re not plugged in and running on battery life (helps lengthen battery life) using “Battery” and when you’re connected to an external battery system (to extend the life of a single charge of a UPS) using “UPS”.
  • If you’re trying to control the time after which the display goes to sleep but the Mac itself remains functioning without the screen being on, you can use the scroller just under the system sleep timer scroller. It’s the one with the Screen MAC Saver button next to it. The rest of the details remain the same as they were in the previous scroller. You can change sleep time for specific power sources using the drop-down menu given above the tab.


Scheduling Sleep for your Map

Scheduling Sleep

You can alter when your Mac goes to sleep according to day, and even make it start up and shut down at certain times. This is helpful for professionals or user in general who need their PC active or prefer to leave them running, so they can resume activity later, but also want to save power when they aren’t on their devices.

  • In the energy Saver Preferences Pane, under the Sleep tab again, you should see a “Schedule” button. Click it.
  • You should see a list of options including a checker next to “Start up or wake” with a timer, which you can toggle to activate or disable and enter your preferred time into. This will make your Mac wake up when its internal clock strikes whatever time you enter into the menu. If it wakes up at a different time, check your time and date settings.
  • Similarly, you can use the option just underneath to tell your Mac to sleep, shut down or even restart at a time of the day, specific days a week, just like with the previous option.

You can save a lot of power by following these simple steps and observing general conscientiousness about energy consumption in your daily life. We at TechiesPad believe tech isn’t just to make life easier for us, but also to minimise the ill effects we have at the world around us by our constant, natural but still excessive consumption of resources. Let us know if you have any other good ideas to reduce power consumption.