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Posted 11 January 2013 - 14:58
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Posted 11 January 2013 - 15:45
Well different machines draw different power.. You got some supped up box with dual graphic cards with fans? Are you running something in the background that uses idle cpu so your at 100% all the time? Seti, Folding, etc..
A normal pc is not going to draw very much when not in use, and when use for surfing, posting, email, etc. Now playing some full screen graphics game, sure thats going to draw a bit more juice, etc.
Never heard of these pay as you go power, thats kind of kewl and crazy at the same time. Kind of a hassle having to refill it all the time, etc. And would kind of suck watching money just suck down the drain like that
Pick up a killawatt if your interested in power usage.
Posted 11 January 2013 - 15:47
Yes it will be fine.
Turning the computer on and off constantly can reduce the hard disks life.
Posted 11 January 2013 - 15:53
I know what you mean Detection im same on pay and go and british gas for electric i have been turning the computer off when i goto bed and setting utorrent to shut down the computer if its downloading over the past few months and noticed quite abit of electric being saved (imo) as you said its painful looking at that meter and it dont help that mines in the kitchen (looks over shoulder as he cooks and cringes lol) But sometimes i think the less electric i have the quicker it goes o.O lol
Posted 11 January 2013 - 15:54
Gonna have to get me one of those meters then, I've always just assumed the PC was the biggest drain during the night
Posted 11 January 2013 - 16:00
These days a computer when idle takes pretty much nothing. I don't know how much wattage is used by a pc when idle but it's probably less than a light bulb. This is of course if the computer is properly configured to stop the HDs when not used, to turn off the monitor and to throttle down the cpu and gpu when idle.
Posted 11 January 2013 - 16:21
Posted 11 January 2013 - 16:31
we have a key meter too and in our hold house if it ran out then you were sat in the dark all night (live in a tiny town with no 24hr shops, closes is 30 miles away).
However in our new house, it wont go off between 8pm and 8am (7-9 in the winter) so thats quite a nice feature
I just pressed the emergency today, woke up and power was off lol. Must remember to get more
Also my meter is outside, is that wierd? You guys seem to have them inside, that'd be way better.
I've seen myself out at night with nothing on my feet in the rain trying to get into the box to put it back onlol
Also, we have oil heating and our old boiler didnt need electric to keep running, only to start it. But our new one does, so if the electrics out, so is the heating
Posted 11 January 2013 - 16:32
Posted 11 January 2013 - 16:37
Well, 4 of my computers stay on 24/7. 3 of which all have 1 Hard drive (SSD) My main computer also has an SSD but also have 4 other drivers.
Posted 11 January 2013 - 16:38
Well, 4 of my computers stay on 24/7. 3
Posted 11 January 2013 - 16:47
Posted 11 January 2013 - 17:44
Not clicking off from 8pm-8am is a great feature, I wish we had that sometimes
Our electric is inside but gas meter by law now has to be outside so when it runs out its generally because its freezing outside and always late at night too and we have to go outside freezing our butts off waiting for the slow-assed meter to turn the gas back on
Electric meter takes 2 seconds to top up, push key in, beep, pull key out
Gas meter, put card in, wait for meter to wake up, wait for meter to realise there is a card in, wait for meter to realise the gas is off, wait for meter to realise we have emergency on the card, tell us to press this button for gas, tell us to let go, tell us gas is off push and hold to turn gas on, tell us to let go of button, stand up rubbing hands stamping feet watching breath in air, wait for gas meter to click and turn gas on, stand shouting HURRY THE **** UP! At the meter, eventually meter says Emergency on
Why not just have the exact same method as electric? Same fookin company! lol