How much power my PC actually take – or – Why My Electricity Bill is so HUGE??

Like most people living in this new era my house have a large amount of electronics devices and as an IT guy I have about 5 computers (Laptops, PC etc) and 3 mobile devices.

I want to  tell you about one device particularly – my main home server. Few years ago I bought a small server called HP Microserver – low utilization and effective as basic linux server along side a good storage server (with raid).
Like most of my computer geek friends this PC was turned on day in and day out – just like every other PC I had before I just left it on – and it didn’t matter if it actually did something or not (and yes it did nothing most of the time).

A few months ago the little server went down and wouldn’t come out. When I’ve looked into it I’ve found out that it’s Power Supply was down.
And it took me about 3 months to fix that, why? Due to the fact that this Power Supply Unit was a unique one. It fitted directly inside it’s small case and was only 120W so it was not only less costly electricity wise it was also extremely expensive.

After 3 months I’ve found a cheap solution using a regular Power Supply (the 450W very cheap ones) with some of my modification.
But what I found in these 3 months was even more interesting:
I’ve found out that my electricity bill went way down!

I have do say specify something very important for you to understand this:
Most of the people I know use a lot of AC or Heating Apparatuses and most of them have an excessive electricity bill, most of them are paying twice of 3 times as I do.
So before the server went down I was paying about 80$ a month for the electricity bill.
So what happened in these 3 months? My electricity bill went down to 55$ a month – Yep that right – that little server with the low yield power supply cost me about 25$ per month! Think about what would have happened if I had my Gaming PC running day in and day out. (fortunately I power it on only when I play)

So when I found out that my little PC was responsible for more the quarter of my monthly electricity bill I changed my ways.
Now my PC’s won’t be on unless they have to!
(Just for you to understand – Now I pay about 3 or 5 times less them most of my friends just by doing that!)

So what I can suggest to you? Set your PC’s or laptops to Hibrernate or Sleep after some time – This money can help you upgrade your computer faster or just buy video games with the spare money 🙂



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