One reader asks, “How much does it cost to run my computer? How can I minimize this expense?”
- Scenario #1
You leave your high end gaming computer on 24/7. This comes in approximately $325/year. Average computer on 24/7? $145/year.
- Scenario #2
You have a new, energy saving, small laptop you only use 2 hours a day. This could cost as little as $5 a year. Average computer on 8 hours a day? $93/year.
Based on $.10 per kilowatt – current approximate price for residential in Greenwood, SC
That’s a pretty huge difference above. These are of course, opposite extremes. It depends on your computer, and your use. And especially if you use power saving options.
A typical desktop computer uses about 65 to 250 watts. Add another 35 watts for a flat screen (LCD) and 80 watts for old school large monitor (CRT). In sleep or standby mode? Just 1-6 watts!
How to Reduce the Cost
- Use power saving modes (keep reading to learn how)
- Use an LCD monitor instead of CRT
- Turn off your computer when done for the day
- Use a power strip to turn off your computer and accessories with one click
How to Setup Power Saving Modes
Energy Start already has a good tutorial on this setup:
Or, just run the following scripts on your computer for automatic setting changes: