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Standby or Hibernate and other green computing answers
Energy Star addresses this question and other power management issues in its FAQ. According to the FAQ standby and hibernate both save about the same energy but the computer wakes up much faster from standby. To reassure computer owners that putting their computer into sleep mode won’t make it more vulnerable to problems, stating that “computer software is generally pre-configured to automatically download and apply updates shortly after resuming from system standby or hibernate.”