Here’s a question to sort the men from the boys. The wheat from the chaff. The sheep from the goats.
How much electricity does a PC use up? How much is it costing us?
Assume a 400W PSU running various slot cards, three internal fans, a couple of hard drives and CD/DVD devices, an overclocked cpu, and pumping some power out to a string of little USB devicesâ€¦ Plus an f-off CRT monitor and a suite of speakers humming awayâ€¦
My electricity bills for the last four quarters have been higher than an average household. For those of you in the UK, itâ€™s been Â£250 a quarter. My and my room-mate’s constant PC uptime (attended or otherwise) is the only thing that I can think of that is driving my bills up.
Any electronically savvy people out there able to give an equivalent to a computer expressed in terms of light bulbs or kettles?
Or is a desktop PC’s power consumption small compared to other household devices?
Should I go back to my quiet little 486-66 when it comes to all-night downloads?