I leave mine off. You guys must be internet junkies. I write down things I want to google and then look them up when I log on.
I don't really do it to save bge though. BGE had some commercials about these devices using about 100 per year I think.
The problem with the way I do it is when I DO power up and log on I have a microsoft update and/or an avast update and/or a itunes update. It seems like they all update every freaking week.
FWIW, you can easily estimate an upper bound for how much it costs to run a PC 365/24/7.
* Electricity costs $0.125/KWh in Baltimore.
* There are 8760 hr in a year.
* "Busy" power consumption for a comparatively beefy server is ~0.2 KW (average PC is less)
* monitor power consumption is ~0.025KW when on, <0.001KW when in sleep mode.
So, if your computer is running 24/7 and the CPU is relatively busy all the time, you are looking at an upper bound of $220/year in electricity + ~10-15% more depending on monitor power consumption. This does not include issues such as fan replacement that may occur as a result of running 24/7.
So, if you're going to run 24/7....
* Don't use a fancy screen-saver that doesn't sleep.
* Keep on top of dust.
* Make sure your computer is set-up for low-power mode (eg shutdown disks automatically after a certain idle time).
I wouldn't be surprised if power consumption can be ~$25/year for a home PC that is properly configured for 24/7.
what about the DSL box and the wireless box? that is what I have. laptop, dsl box and wireless router. I turn them all off. Sometimes I hardwire the laptop to dsl but lately I've been using the wireless.
I think 100 per year is a lot. I can go to out to eat 3 times at a pretty nice place (with no alcohol) on 100! You guys must make a lot more than me.
for about 30 bucks I can get a crabcake supper at a nice place. Yum! I'd rather do that then give it to bge.
That said, keep in mind that many folks have viruses and other malware on their systems that keep the machines running with a hefty CPU load. When I estimate $25/year I mean a PC that is clean of viruses and configured properly to save energy.
The $100/year figure is not outrageous. It is plausible.
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