you also may have to go into your bios and check to see how that is set up with the sleeping states and usb power. there could be something in there as well. the powersaving stuff is a real pain because of so many locations things could probably be set.
BUT.... I do have a question for you.... when do electronics go bad??? it is always at the same point. they all fail in the same manner...
they don't turn back on.. so if you never turn them off?? they will never go bad.. why do you think servers can last decades? it's not because of the components. they are the same that are in a normal PC for the most part. why is it that IT guys are always paranoid about shutting a server down?? because of the fear that the thing will not turn back on. I leave my PC at 100% powered except for the displays. and displays can be had pretty cheap if ya get them at the local scrap yard or computer recycling center. I think i paid 10.00USD Each for my 3 screens. and they have been running fine now for over 3 years. so I guess i got my moneys worth.
I don't know how much electric costs where you are but here they have a means to keep you from not going energy efficient.. the more you use the cheaper it gets. It's funny because if i shutdown my hot tub and kill my server rack for a month my electric bill will go up. because I am on a commercial rate because of consumption. the old adage the more you buy the cheaper it gets per unit applies here. BIGTIME. normal is .12 cents a KWH what i pay now is about .05 cents a KWH and I know it gets cheaper then that. But my 100 AMP service is pretty well maxed so without upgrading my electrical i can't pull anymore (not that i really need to)
my point is call your electric company and ask if they tier their prices. find out what the break points are and the price changes. they should be able to tell you at what KWH use does the price drop. most companies in the us usually will tier at 1800 then at 2500 and again at 3000 or 3500 something to that effect.
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