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So it is getting cold where I live, and my condo is very drafty. I spend on average $100 a month on electric heat compared to $20 in the summer.

Has anyone looked at feasibility of heating a 600-700 ft^2 or similar room with a mining rig? Since I'm already paying for heat, it seems like a win-win if I can recoup some expenses.
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It'll take a while to heat up, but it will get there! My pc room in my last rental house was almost unbearable most times of the year due to the heat from multiple machines running.
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How much power on average does you existing heater do in winter? Or, what's the price of electricity in your area?
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I have an 1800sqft home that is pretty well heated by my mining rigs. I really go all out during the winter months and even go as far as to push the hardware harder than during the summer to increase heat output a bit. If it helps you, a single RX Vega at 295watts can heat a single 100sqft bedroom to 75F when it is 30F outside. Of course airflow and how well your house is insulated and sealed will make a difference. Just my expierence.
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Originally Posted by The EX1 View Post

I have an 1800sqft home that is pretty well heated by my mining rigs. I really go all out during the winter months and even go as far as to push the hardware harder than during the summer to increase heat output a bit. If it helps you, a single RX Vega at 295watts can heat a single 100sqft bedroom to 75F when it is 30F outside. Of course airflow and how well your house is insulated and sealed will make a difference. Just my expierence.

That sounds about right. My computer room is 10'x10'. I have a FX6300/950 mining24/7 which has minimal affect on the temps. If I also run my 1080 ti wide open then the room becomes extremely uncomfortable. I have to run my 1080 ti at 60% power to be in the same room as it mining.
     
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Not enough information. Outside temperature, desired inside temperature, how well insulated your condo walls etc. The rule of thumb for where I live for an average apartment is roughly 100 watts per 10 square feet.
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Unless you live somewhere cold or never run AC. . . i'ts gonna be a wash in a temperate climate pretty much

Save you money in the winter

Cost you money in the summer

There are different rates. . . Like my heater is gas my AC runs off the power grid.
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Originally Posted by MrKoala View Post

How much power on average does you existing heater do in winter? Or, what's the price of electricity in your area?
36KWH per day, or ~1MWH per month. Rate is $0.10/KWH.
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Not enough information. Outside temperature, desired inside temperature, how well insulated your condo walls etc. The rule of thumb for where I live for an average apartment is roughly 100 watts per 10 square feet.
Not looking for an energy code calculation, as I don't have the details about the construction. Just looking at feasibility. It is essentially free power, as I would be using it anyway.
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Unless you live somewhere cold or never run AC. . . i'ts gonna be a wash in a temperate climate pretty much

Save you money in the winter

Cost you money in the summer

There are different rates. . . Like my heater is gas my AC runs off the power grid.
No AC, but wouldn't need it. Since my place is not very well insulated to the ground, it stays ~60's while it is 90's outside. Great in the summer, cold as Skyrim in the winter. As I said in the first post, my winter bills are ~$100, summer is $20.
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Originally Posted by The EX1 View Post

I have an 1800sqft home that is pretty well heated by my mining rigs. I really go all out during the winter months and even go as far as to push the hardware harder than during the summer to increase heat output a bit. If it helps you, a single RX Vega at 295watts can heat a single 100sqft bedroom to 75F when it is 30F outside. Of course airflow and how well your house is insulated and sealed will make a difference. Just my expierence.
Thanks, that is basically what I want to hear from people and their experience.
Edited by starliner - 10/19/17 at 11:00pm
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36KWH per day, or ~1MWH per month. Rate is $0.10/KWH.
Not looking for an energy code calculation, as I don't have the details about the construction. Just looking at feasibility. It is essentially free power, as I would be using it anyway.
No AC, but wouldn't need it. Since my place is not very well insulated to the ground, it stays ~60's while it is 90's outside. Great in the summer, cold as Skyrim in the winter. As I said in the first post, my winter bills are ~$100, summer is $20.
Thanks, that is basically what I want to hear from people and their experience.

Yea pumping heat into your house will change that. .. . .

Just like it will change your winter bill

long story short, if all you want to do is warm your house then do it

If you want to figure out what you're doing and mine properly. . . then do it. . . .?
post #10 of 24
You can certainly heat your house with a mining rig but there's two main things to remember.

1) Mining rigs are loud and unless you're water-cooling with radiators, you probably don't want to be sleeping near one.

2) Pure electricity resistance heating is less efficient than a heat pump which also uses electricity but also the expansion of a phase changing liquid. That means your electric bill purely for heating is going to be much higher than what you would have spent on regular heating. That said, heat as a byproduct of mining used to heat the house is a win win.

EDIT: I have had first hand experience mining in the winter and I actually ended up having to strap 1080 x 1080 radiators to the window blowing out because it was too much heat in the apartment. rolleyes.gif
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