[nSLUG] Measured wattage of atom system

William Lachance wrlach at gmail.com
Tue Sep 16 10:50:53 ADT 2008


On Tue, 2008-09-16 at 06:34 -0400, Stephen Gregory wrote:
> 
> > You're saying that probably at the very most a quarter a day of
> > electricity was a significant factor in choosing what hardware you
> > used?
> 
> That is $90 a year. The Atom system will pay for itself in under two
> years. And it is likely faster.

The residential rate was just set to be increased by 10% for 2009, so
make that $99 a year. :) Given both the soaring price of coal and the
push towards even more expensive renewables for power generation, I
think one can expect the savings from a lower wattage computer to be
even greater in 2010 and beyond.

All this being said, the energy consumption of a computer is generally
dwarfed by that of appliances such as fridges and driers. If saving
power is your primary goal, look at replacing those first. :)
-- 
William Lachance <wrlach at gmail.com>
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