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How much does folding 24/7 raise your power bill?

post #1 of 27
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Just curious. One of the main issues I have with folding all the time is the amount of power it consumes. I live with four other guys in a house and we split the power bill evenly. They'd be pissed if it skyrocketed because of me.

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I am in the same situation. I imagine it would probably have too big of an effect for me, so I am going to hold off on the folding until I get my own place with my own electricity bill!
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post #3 of 27
Find out the going rate for electricity in your town, find out how many watts your rig pulls, calculate yourself. For example my rig pulls around 450w, electricity is 7.5 cents per kw/hr in my city. That means to pull 450w=.45kw for 24 hours for 30 days at $.075/hour it would cost me $24.3 a month.
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People may not think $24 is alot but remember it is on top of all your other bills.
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Plus it's going to be hard to work out with your house mates!
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Find out the going rate for electricity in your town, find out how many watts your rig pulls, calculate yourself. For example my rig pulls around 450w, electricity is 7.5 cents per kw/hr in my city. That means to pull 450w=.45kw for 24 hours for 30 days at $.075/hour it would cost me $24.3 a month.
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post #7 of 27
Another thing, calculate the cost to cool the heat you'll be putting off and add that to your cost for the electricity. Obviously this only applies in the summer. So for example if your AC is 200% efficient it would take 250w of power to move 500w of heat so your combined energy draw would be 750w over normal. Multiply that times your rate. (1000w=1Kw)
    
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post #8 of 27
Would you not want to subtract your system idle load, from folding load first?
Assuming you leave your computer on 24/7. To get your actual folding cost.
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Thanks everyone. Rep to all who helped.
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post #10 of 27
Needless to say, based on the expert opinions here - it definitely costs something in the range of 20-25 dollars a month, a noticeable fee, but not something that will "break the bank" for most users... Obviously if your kw/h is cheaper, or if your system pulls less power, that will impact the overall costs...

It might also be worth considering though, the proverbial "hidden costs". As in to say, as Klue22 mentioned, the cooling costs --- but also the wear and tear costs of having your parts running at 100% all the time... Its near impossible to measure, but that doesn't mean it does not exist (double negative ftw).
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