Linked by Howard Fosdick on Tue 2nd Aug 2011 22:18 UTC
Editorial Your computer is an important energy consumer in your home. Can you save energy when using it? This article offers a few tips.
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RE: Comment by smashIt
by kaiwai on Wed 3rd Aug 2011 00:28 UTC in reply to "Comment by smashIt"
kaiwai
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2005-07-06

great article, but there are more severe problems you can find with a wattmeter (not voltmeter as stated in the article)

and some times there are simple means to solve them

for instance:
adding extra insulation to a boiler can reduce power-consumption significantly


True, and use night-store rates so that you're not heating up water during the day when the peak power prices are high; that combined with a good insulation around the broiler has helped me save a few dollars each month.

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RE[2]: Comment by smashIt
by Neolander on Wed 3rd Aug 2011 08:49 in reply to "RE: Comment by smashIt"
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2010-03-08

So these rates actually work ? ;) I see why electricity companies make electricity cheaper at night, but I've always wondered if it was an effective way to make people turn power-savvy devices on at night.

Anyway, if I may add my own computer-unrelated advice... During the winter, make sure that heaters only heat when you are at home, and heat up less during the night. One actually sleeps better if the house is at 15-17°C, although you get cold mornings as a counterpart.

Edited 2011-08-03 08:49 UTC

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RE[3]: Comment by smashIt
by kaiwai on Wed 3rd Aug 2011 14:27 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by smashIt"
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

So these rates actually work ? ;) I see why electricity companies make electricity cheaper at night, but I've always wondered if it was an effective way to make people turn power-savvy devices on at night.

Anyway, if I may add my own computer-unrelated advice... During the winter, make sure that heaters only heat when you are at home, and heat up less during the night. One actually sleeps better if the house is at 15-17°C, although you get cold mornings as a counterpart.


Because the peak power usage is during the day in much the same way that you have public transportation - during the peak time you have all the generation happening but at night you have he generators standing idle which is money wasted so to encourage power usage at night the price is cheaper. In terms of night store rates, most of the power companies in NZ give you two options: a flat rate which is the same price regardless of the time and the second option being night store.

Interesting enough there are quite a number of companies that operate their power hungry equipment at night as to save money IIRC Comalco in NZ (aluminium smelter) do a lot of their stuff at the ungodly hours of the night.

Edited 2011-08-03 14:28 UTC

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