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Ok so I'm trying to convince my parents to let me leave my desktop running 24/7 lately they've been complaining.
So our electric bill is ~$550/month and I think from the way the bill looks that it is $1.33 per kWh. My CPU draws about 100-120W while overclocked (according to my ASUS TurboV EPU monitor). The computer in question is my sig rig the 2500k and all.IDK how much
I can't afford a Kill-A-Watt or similar and it'd defeat the point anyways as I would just pay a portion of the bill and be done with it.

I don't know how much the other pieces use but I know my PSU is more than sufficient at 750W with 88% efficiency (the GFX card says it wants a 400W PSU but lol) I guess this is more or less the right forum to post this in?

I've tried turning it off every couple of nights (in between bigadv units). They don't seem to mind it being on once I get up in the morning and leave it folding into the day just at night. idk why they care at night it's like impossible to tell it's on from outside the room if the door is closed well except for maybe looking in the room and seeing the blue glow lol the door frame is tweaked so the door never can close all the way so you can see a sliver of what's going on in the room it's not my bedroom just my man-cave I guess you can call it where I hang out with friends and watch movies so I don't mind the door lol

Anyone have any ideas or suggestions? I'd appreciate the help.
Edited by phazer11 - 5/4/11 at 1:15pm
     
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Can't be of much help. At $1.33 / kWh, I'd light my apartment with candles and rub two sticks together to create warmth in the winter. I get upset when my electric bill hits $100/ month.
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Wish our bill was that low. We have a two-story and there are four of us and we have to use an electric pump to get our water from the well so no power no water... Computer is on second story with the bedrooms.
     
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Originally Posted by phazer11 View Post
Ok so I'm trying to convince my parents to let me leave my desktop running 24/7 lately they've been complaining.
So our electric bill is ~$550/month and I think from the way the bill looks that it is $1.33 per kWh. My CPU draws about 100-120W while overclocked (according to my ASUS TurboV EPU monitor). The computer in question is my sig rig the 2500k and all.IDK how much
I can't afford a Kill-A-Watt or similar and it'd defeat the point anyways as I would just pay a portion of the bill and be done with it.

I don't know how much the other pieces use but I know my PSU is more than sufficient at 750W with 88% efficiency (the GFX card says it wants a 400W PSU but lol) I guess this is more or less the right forum to post this in?

I've tried turning it off every couple of nights (in between bigadv units). They don't seem to mind it being on once I get up in the morning and leave it folding into the day just at night. idk why they care at night it's like impossible to tell it's on from outside the room if the door is closed well except for maybe looking in the room and seeing the blue glow lol the door frame is tweaked so the door never can close all the way so you can see a sliver of what's going on in the room it's not my bedroom just my man-cave I guess you can call it where I hang out with friends and watch movies so I don't mind the door lol

Anyone have any ideas or suggestions? I'd appreciate the help.
They can tell because their bill is so damn high. Can you afford $200+ a month in electricity bills? I didn't think so. Welcome to the real world. Do what your parents say you entitled little prick.
    
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A Kill-A-Watt is typically $16. Considering the price of your rig, I would hope you have that much. One way to also convince your parents is to help out with the power bill. I also question the price of a kilowatt, if you live in the US, as the most it would be, according to government regulation (accurate as of April 14, 2011), would be 30.13 cents/KWh if you lived in Hawaii. After that the price drops to around 18 cents /KWh in Connecticut. Either some figures are mis-represented, or someone is lying.
Also, I used to run a couple computers, and used to have well over a 1000 KW/h monthly bill, and it was around $120.
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post #6 of 38
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Actually the bill was about that high anyways and I do my part to pay for things. Be civil.

At poster above maybe it's 13c? IDK I looked at the bill and it seemed closer to $1.33 per kwh.
I couldn't find much info about the rates on our electric company's site. We're in Florida so A.C. is on all the time for both A.C. units.

16 bucks? last I checked it was a fair amount more where do you see 16?
Edited by phazer11 - 5/4/11 at 1:26pm
     
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$1.33/kwh? are you sure..? where do you live?
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They can tell because their bill is so damn high. Can you afford $200+ a month in electricity bills? I didn't think so. Welcome to the real world. Do what your parents say you entitled little prick.
Completely unnecessary.

In the real world his PC draws no where near $200 a month. Phazer double check your rates with your parents. $1.33/kWh is really high. I pay around $.15/kWh, but I hear its much higher if your power company has tiered rates. Basically the more you use the more you pay.

On average my 2 folding PCs cost me an extra $50-75 per month. You could try explaining the virtues of Folding, but at the end of the day they do pay the bills.
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Ok let's see...
Last month our kwh usage was 3988 and the bill was... $533.71 idk what it was in March I was folding nearly 24/7 in March with the occasional shut down mainly for storms.
the quarterly report say in April that it was ~$123.70 per 1000 kwh for our electric company. Then there's a few extra fee's.
I also think the electric company has something against us... We're about a quarter mile from the road and have about 3 poles in our yard (they won't run sewer's we tried getting them to run them when we moved in my aunt was going to pay for it too IIRC)

I'm trying to find the bill for March but not having much luck I'd probably have to ask and then they might get suspicious.


Edited by phazer11 - 5/4/11 at 1:44pm
     
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You need to check your math.
    
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