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Old 09-07-2008, 02:30 PM
 
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By "always on," I mean things like my wireless computer router, my cable box, my fax machine, and my answering machine etc. It seems like I'm always getting more devices that are designed to stay on 24-7, and I'm curious how much electricity all these devices consume.
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Old 09-07-2008, 03:09 PM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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By "always on," I mean things like my wireless computer router, my cable box, my fax machine, and my answering machine etc. It seems like I'm always getting more devices that are designed to stay on 24-7, and I'm curious how much electricity all these devices consume.
Turn them all off for a month and see the difference in your bill. This assumes your other electric usage stays the same.

It really depends though on how many 24/7 devices you have and keep plugged in. I have mine on power strips and turn on when I use them.

I've gotten used to blinking 12:00 LEDs as it seems every gadget has them these days
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Old 09-07-2008, 03:14 PM
 
Location: Minnysoda
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this came from our IT guy just last week........


Green Computing

[font=Arial]Green computing is the environmentally responsible use of computers and related resources. Such practices include the implementation of energy-desktops, laptops, servers and peripherals, as well as reduced resource consumption and proper disposal of electronic waste (e-waste). Increased oil costs, rising electricity costs and concern for climate change have forced more corporate managers to assess ways to reduce energy costs and also consider the impact to our environment.

Research reveals that most personal desktop computers are not being used the majority of the time they are running and many personal computers nationwide are needlessly left on continuously. Every time we leave computers or lights on, we waste electricity....



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Old 09-08-2008, 09:11 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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I read somewhere that a wall wart uses about $2 to $3 per year, and the numbers go up from there. DVRs like Tivo and set top boxes are the biggest users for most people. I've set up one area where a lot of wall wart things are attached to a single strip, and that strip is on a timer. Cordless phones don't need continuous charging, the satellite router doesn't need to be on overnight, etc..
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Old 09-08-2008, 10:14 AM
 
Location: Apple Valley Calif
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Old 04-18-2009, 06:21 AM
 
Location: Vermont
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It's really not that much for most things. 1 watt or less . however it can add up when you have 10 things.

10 items * 1 watt * 24 hours a day = 240 watt hours * 365 days a year = about 10 bucks a year.



It would take an avg human 2 hours (each day) on a hamster wheel to produce that much energy.

DVRs, etc. are just like computers. They use 60-100 watts.
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Old 04-18-2009, 04:12 PM
 
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Use a kill a watt. It is a device that measures how much energy any appliance is using. Here in Maine, since a Kill a Watt is a one time kind of use, you can simply check them out of the local libraries instead of buying one. A program called Efficiency Maine donated piles of them to local libraries so consumers can see what their appliance usage is.

Maybe other states do likewise.
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