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    Lightbulb I got the Power ...

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    Following Ray Fleming's insightful presentation at BETT2010 Microsoft UK Schools : BETT 2010 Money Saving Tips

    I went straight out and bought myself a Power Monitor.

    Presented here for you perusal some rough and ready figures that i've gathered while playing around with my new toy.

    This is what i told the Business Manager, so forgive if it's a little dumbed down.

    basic figures:

    Desktop IBM PC Core 2 Duo 2.6GHx, 2GB RAM, Running Windows XP

    Standard running is using ~45W.

    The peak occurs during startup or when the harddrive is rapidly asked for information - peaks reached 88W but only for a few seconds.

    The moving clock screensaver boosts this to 60W therefore increase +15W so a blank one is better.

    Putting the machine into standy mode reduces power to 3-4W.

    IBM Flat panel monitor 17inch screen.

    Standard running is using ~40W.

    A peak of 44W was reached but that's negligible change really.

    Screensaver blank / moving clock, both reduce power by ~2W, but we know a blank one is better for the PC.

    Powersave mode drops the power to 2.3W.

    Switching it off with the button drops this to 1W.

    What does this mean for us?

    If we set the PCs and Monitors to go into standby mode we would save 40 + 38 = 78W and with the monitor off, let's say 80W can be saved overnight or during downtime.

    0.08 kW can be saved per hour by doing this. so in theory overnight unless an update or antivirus scan takes place we could gain from 5pm to 7am (14hours) 14 * 0.08 = 1.12 KWh per unit.

    We have ~ 500 PCs therefore we could save 560 kWh per night.

    BUT to put it into context, most machines do have automatic power save modes and therefore we are already getting a lot of this saving. Nonetheless smart usage of the power save modes during the day and an intelligent choice of screen saver could save more money as well as be better for the environment.
    It's not really going to save us a lot of money, as i believe we only pay around 1p-2p per kWh compared to maybe 7p-10p in UK or is it more for schools/businesses? Although, who'd turn down a free tenner every night? 179 staff days this year = £1800 p.a.

    I really hope none of my Maths / Physics is wrong, if it is, it's a test - pm me the solutions

    Nonetheless, food for thought. I'm still playing around with it, and want to see what difference it makes with Projectors: having the blue screen glaring all night or going into standby / economy....

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    Some of us can't use standby because Vista has a BSOD when resuming

    Although it appears to be the Realtek network driver that causes it.

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    shame. a good point though, i should test VISTA and windows 7. apparently windows 7 is supposed to be very efficient.

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