Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Power Down: Home Energy Audit #3

As you know, I've been doing residential energy audits for "clients". My third one involved a 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath home built in 1949, its two human inhabitants, and its 2 furry ones.

I did my usual thing, tested the water temperature, checked for holes in insulation, did an interior inspection and exterior inspection, pet the doggie (in my mind because I'm allergic) and moved on the next step. That's when the ravishing owner (Hi Owner!) said,

"Hey! So we never turn our computers off. Do you think this adds to our electrical bill?"

Yes, yes it does.

(From Energy Savers.gov)

When to Turn Off Personal Computers

If you're wondering when you should turn off your personal computer for energy savings, here are some general guidelines to help you make that decision.

Though there is a small surge in energy when a computer starts up, this small amount of energy is still less than the energy used when a computer is running for long periods of time. For energy savings and convenience, consider turning off

* the monitor if you aren't going to use your PC for more than 20 minutes
* both the CPU and monitor if you're not going to use your PC for more than 2 hours...


Full article continues here

Power down people, power down!
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