Mon, 17 Jul 2006
5:28 PM - Damn it costs a lot to run a pc
In contrast, to run a 13 watt light for 8 hours a day would only cost 31 cents (is that right?) 13 watt * 8 hours * 30 days / 1000 then * .10 cents per kWh
To run our netgear gigabit switch costs around 1.30 a month (24/7) if it always consumes its maximum wattage of the ac adapter. I believe its rated less though.
If caryn left her monitor on all the time and it didn't go into sleep mode it would cost around 2.15 a month. (estimating 30watt, although it might be 45) My monitor would cost over 8.5 dollars! (crt) If I were to run my monitor for one year always on it would cost 100 dollars. In two years time, I could have bought a 150 dollar lcd that runs at 30 watts and still saved 15 dollars (plus covered the cost of electricity for it)
LCDs are sounding better all the time. Using my monitor 10 hours a day thats 4.5 dollars a month. It would take quite awhile for it to make a difference vs buying an LCD.