Electricity Usage (was Wireless Cards)

Charles Curley charlescurley at charlescurley.com
Sun Nov 6 07:34:38 MST 2005

On Sun, Nov 06, 2005 at 07:10:36AM -0700, Hans Fugal wrote:
> On Sat,  5 Nov 2005 at 22:54 -0700, Andrew Jorgensen wrote:
> > On 11/5/05, Scott Paul Robertson <spr at mahonri5.net> wrote:
> > > More versatile? In what way?
> > 
> > I won't weigh in on the versatility argument, but I would like to
> > point out that a little AP doesn't have a huge noisy fan to keep it
> > cool, nor does it cost $10/month in electricity to run.  That means I
> > can leave it running 24/7 without feeling guilty.
> Do you have hard evidence of that figure or is it pulled out of a
> hat? I ask because I did some reading and thinking and came up with a
> figure more like $10/year (or maybe it was even less) for a PC (and
> another $10/year for a power-saving monitor)

Well, let's see. My desktop PC has a 500 watt power supply, which is
overkill, but gives you a worst case number. My Linksys WAP54G has an
11 watt wall power supply. Again, that's probably worst case. Now get
your electricity bill out & crunch some numbers.

> IANAElectrician, and my memory is bad to boot, 

Try reseating the memory chips.

> so I ask if anyone else
> has hard figures on the electricity used by computers.


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