[BCAB] The often forgotten cost of running a PC

Alan Philpott alan at aphilpott.demon.co.uk
Sun Jun 24 11:01:11 BST 2012


Well, I guess the things you just mentioned belong in the freezer category.
my TV is fine if I turn it off so I don't have to swear at it!

With kind regards,
Alan
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-----Original Message-----
From: Bcab [mailto:bcab-bounces at lists.bcab.org.uk]On Behalf Of Steve
Nutt
Sent: 24 June 2012 09:59
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Subject: Re: [BCAB] The often forgotten cost of running a PC


Hi,

Interesting.  But some things are simply not designed to be turned off.  For
example things with clocks, and how about your TV cable box?  You turn it
off at the mains, then swear at it when it doesn't record for you.  So many
things are designed now to be left on standby.

All the best

Steve

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-----Original Message-----
From: Bcab [mailto:bcab-bounces at lists.bcab.org.uk] On Behalf Of Alan
Philpott
Sent: 24 June 2012 09:31
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Subject: Re: [BCAB] The often forgotten cost of running a PC

Hi Richard and others interested; I read some good advice both from a health
and safety and financial point of viewed in a Braille magazine some time
ago:
Whatever the device, apart from obvious essential equipment freezers heating
systems and the like, if it has an off switch it should be turned off when
not in use and should also be turned of at the mains because some things
like microwaves and kettles have standby lights which burn up energy 24/7.

Whatever happened to all this cheap energy promised from the excess
generated on the grid in France?
With kind regards,
Alan
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-----Original Message-----
From: Bcab [mailto:bcab-bounces at lists.bcab.org.uk]On Behalf Of Richard
Godfrey-McKay
Sent: 23 June 2012 20:06
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Subject: Re: [BCAB] The often forgotten cost of running a PC


Very interesting, as usual George.  As an export from Wales and an
apprentice Scot, I wondered if you had any comment/info on the power
consumption of all the remote control things we now seem to have e.g. light
sensors, cordless phones PIR alarms etc? Hope they're not too hungry, as we
seem to have loads these days.

Richard
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-----Original Message-----
From: Bcab [mailto:bcab-bounces at lists.bcab.org.uk] On Behalf Of George Bell
Sent: 23 June 2012 14:49
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Subject: [BCAB] The often forgotten cost of running a PC

Yes, it's me again - the tight Scotsman.



If you do go to Maplin, you might also want to pick up one of their Belkin
Electricity costing gadgets.  However, I have to stress at the outset that
they are not accessible, so you will need a sighted partner.  They cost
£29.99.



Why I'm raising this is that I hooked it up to a brand new PC I bought last
week, an HP Pro 3400 series, and based on 16 pence per unit, it told me that
if I kept the PC on 24 hours a day all year, the electricity cost would be
just over £21.00 for a full year.  It appears to stay static even when
working as opposed to idling.



I decided to check out an older Fujitsu system used in Admin, and was
staggered to find that just idling, that system costs £130 for a full year.
When disk copying, it even goes above £200.



What I found was almost as alarming was when switch off at the PC - as
opposed to the mains on the wall - it was still drawing £6 a year, where the
new systems standby was too low to registered.



So if you are wondering whether to upgrade and existing system, or buy a new
one, do bear this in mind.



George.

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