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August 23, 2008

Tech, G.P.: Save money: Turn off the computer

Did you ever have some little thing that bothers you, but you never do anything about it? Today I'm going to do something about it.

Some people leave their computers running all the time, when they don't have to. There, I've said it.

In some cases, there is a good reason for leaving it on all the time. But much of the time, people are just lazy and don't want to make the effort to shut their PC down and restart it the next morning.

Come on, folks, turn the dang thing off if you're not going to use it, especially with what energy costs these days. You'll not only lengthen the life of your computer, but you'll save money, too.

How much cash would you save? Keep reading. We'll get there.

This story started a while ago, where I work. We're in the process of moving a data center full of computer equipment from one location to another.

One of the parameters we needed to know before the move was how much the electrical load of our equipment would amount to. So we bought a meter that measures the wattage any particular device uses.

We had to measure the electrical draw of all the servers and other equipment and add it up.

After we finished, the meter was still available, so I began to tinker around and test some of the kinds of computer equipment a normal person would have in his home or office _ pretty much just out of curiosity.

I figured that if people knew what the actual cost was of leaving their stuff turned on all the time, they might change their minds about leaving equipment turned on unnecessarily.

So I started up OpenOffice Calc (my spreadsheet program), got out my latest NYSEG bill, and began to do some figuring. The hardest part was sorting out exactly how much the electricity costs.

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