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Using one window air conditioner last summer raised my bill to over $100 extra a month. The unit was at least 15 years old and I got rid of it fast.
    
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also im 24 and me and my girl live in a 2 floor little duplex and we pay our rent lights oil heat animal food for 3 bunnies and 2 cockatiels and a hamster. then we have food to get for us. gas for the month in our car and im now just able to start building a gaming rig.... it sucks but i rather have a roof over my head than be homeless.
IF YOU CANT PAY FOR THE POWER YOU USE FOLDING STOP FOLDING TILL YOU CAN PAY WHAT YOUR USING!
    
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Tell them the Sandy Bridge is super efficient processor that uses half as much power as the previous gen i7 did when overclocked to 4+gHz. So you've already halved the power usage from your computer.

If just folding on your CPU then load would be about 400-450W including your monitor being on.

And what type of A/C unit is it? We have a large 3 horsepower reverse-cycle unit that says somewhere it has 7.5kW of cooling power. . . ? Lol. But yah compressors (in AC/fridge/freezer) use immense amounts of power

Tell them that they will be denying your name from entering the big book of statistics as one of the folders which helped cure cancer and other diseases which have been plaguing mankind for the past however many years

They should make it tax deductable. . . we are donating to a good cause after all. . .
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post #34 of 38
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Thanks if they give me anymore problems I'll tell them my boss won't let me take anymore hours (I checked) and I also found out that March's kwh was only 3332 lmao then we turned the pool on more often and it jumped to 3988 lol so I'll mention that as well. Although honestly idk why the new one can't cool everything to be honest it's a much larger unit we just have to have two because of the ducting and size I guess *shrugs* I'll mention it's folding at home when I'm not using it for HTPC etc again... Although if I'm not encoding and just wanna watch a movie I'll stop GPU folding and use it to playback. What were the estimates again?

If I'm not watching videos/gaming the monitor isn't on I'll just remote into it from wherever to check it hasn't BSOD'd or something while folding or encoding.
     
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post #35 of 38
Quote:
Originally Posted by EVILNOK View Post
This explains it:
http://michaelbluejay.com/electricity/cost.html
and yeah .12-.13 cents sounds a lot more reasonable. Also its kilowatt- hour not Kill-A-Watt as stated by someone earlier. Sorry, Kill-A-Watt makes me lol.
Google Kill-A-Watt

Or rather I'll spoon feed you
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16882715001

They measure the power draw on an outlet
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post #36 of 38
Quote:
Originally Posted by $ilent View Post
Is it really that hot that you need an air conditioner? Where do you live?
read the darn thing hes posted it how is it that hard its 5 pages long
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post #37 of 38
Here are my thoughts regarding this matter...

1) It is your parents house, so follow their rules.

2) Sandy Bridge is efficient, but only under normal usage. Folding at 5GHz overclock will draw a LOT of power for a CPU. No way around that fact.

3) It isn't just the cost of the system's power draw, but the cost of cooling it. For instance this page estimates a multiple of 3.4 to turn computer power draw (in Watts) to how many BTUs worth of A/C needed. Let's say your computer at 5GHz Folding overnight draws around 300W from the wall. You will need 1020 BTU worth of extra cooling just to keep the temperature the same as without the computer running.

4) If you are serious about Folding, buy a Kill-A-Watt or other kind of power meter to figure out what your system is actually using. Then, figure out the cooling requirements. Finally, figure out the monthly cost of 24/7 usage at those numbers and pay that to your parents each month. If it is $100 monthly, suck it up and pay them. If it is $10, point to your power meter, shrug and pay them.

5) 5 page thread? I see the whole thread on one page and read every post. You guys aren't hardcore enough.
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post #38 of 38
I used to run BOINC (which is pretty much the same kind of thing as folding) on 3 machines, and then my power bill came in... I quit pretty sharpish.
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