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Discussion in 'All Other Software' started by gaftop1, Jan 29, 2007.

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  1. gaftop1

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    don't really know where to put this, but, how much should it cost to run 2 computers 24 hours a day for a month? my electric bill is horrendous.
     
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    Assuming ...

    Each computer is using an average of 120 watts. Each display uses about 150 watts, assuming you are using CRT Displays that never go into into a power saving mode. An LCD monitor would use a bit less power.

    Source:
    http://www.eere.energy.gov/consumer/your_home/appliances/index.cfm/mytopic=10040

    That adds up to about 540 watts (or 0.540 Kilowatts) of power consumption.

    You would use 12.96 Kilowatt-hours in one 24 hour period.

    You would use 388.8 kilowatt-hours in a 30 day month.

    The actual cost would be dependent on the what your particular electric power provider is charging you. You should be able to find that information on a recent electrical bill.

    To keep things simple, assume a rate of 10 cents per kilo-watt hour. The two computers and monitors running full time would cost you about $39 a month.

    In Power save standby mode the computers and CRT monitors would only be using about 120 watts of power (or even less). That works out to 86.4 Kilowatt-hours a 30 day month. At 10 cents per Kilo-watt hour that would be about $8.60 a month for continuous standby mode operation. Your actual cost would be between $8.60 and $39.00 depending on how much each computer is used and how long it waits to go into power save mode.

    EDIT: The power consumption numbers in Augie65's link look a lot better (and believable) than what I found on the government web site.
     
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    appreciate the info. wife's been blaming the computers for our 400 buck a month elec bill.live in tx and haven't been using the a/c or the heater in the last 2 months and we're still 400 bucks
     
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    :eek: :eek: :eek:

    Are you on some kind of fixed rate or bill averaging plan?
     
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    Are you in a single family house or a multi unit ?
     
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    Do you have a swimming pool?
     
  8. valis

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    better yet, do you live in downtown houston?
     
  9. Augie65

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    valis, you might check out Bay Town and see if you can find a cheaper place.:D
    Did you get your Outlook problem solved?
     
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    nope, still research that little issue......got a work around in that she can d/l them to the desktop and open them that way, but that's a pita....so still working on it.....

    and btw, I live in Katy, so it's nice and cheap......
     
  11. Augie65

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    OK, I lived in Brookshire for a short time once.
     
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    dude, that's like 20 minutes from where I live. I'm on Fry and 529. There's a few of us around here.....to quote Al Jourgensen, 'where you at now'?
     
  13. gaftop1

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    no fixed rate or averaging. re read the meter they missed it by almost 2000 kwh. am in the processes of pitching a fit at them.also changing service provider from cpl to txu.
    thanx for all the replies
     
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