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'Never' isn't a strong enough word
Authored by: aramis on Oct 04, '07 09:17:09AM

There should be another option on the poll. "Never" just simply doesn't capture it. Something more like "Over my cold dead body," or, "Sure, right after the turn out the Sun," might be more like it.

My hardware sucks power, no doubt. I try to minimize power utilization where I can, upgrading old power sucking hulks for newer, more efficient hardware. But turning of my computers isn't an option. Disk drives fail more often from spin-up/down then from staying warm and spinning all the time. My systems are almost always downloading or updating or refreshing or something from the 'net.

Not to mention I use Vonage, so turning off the phone in the middle of the night probably isn't the greatest of ideas.

I calculated the total power usage for my server (8-drive RAID-5), router, switches etc. based on the current draw reported by my UPS. All told, I'm using about 2kWh per day. So a little over $100/yr in power, based on a quick back-of-envelope. So completely not a concern to me...



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'Never' isn't a strong enough word
Authored by: rkilgard on Oct 04, '07 10:32:08AM

I'm glad someone else did this calculation. I did this a couple of years ago for everything in my house. 90% of all the electricity was consumed by two items: the refrigerator and the clothes dryer. Yes, I'm certainly concerned about the electricity that I waste on my cable modem, wireless router, electronics on standby, etc., but they are all a drop in the bucket compared to the environmental impact of fresh food and dry clothes.

The bigger question is where you get your electricity from. Paying for wind power (as someone above suggested) is a good alternative to turning everything off all the time.



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