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get a killawatt, here in the USA they cost $15-20 USD. you plug it into the wall, and then plug your power supply cord into it and it tells you what you're pulling. you can easily find out this way and it would be a lot cheaper than hiring a specialist. the only problem i see, is if you guys in australia use a different type of outlet then the one the killawatt is using.

my opinion is that it is not your computer. there is simply some variable that your family is not considering. ex/ your sister used X appliance a lot more (and knows it) and isn't saying anything. or your sister used X appliance more periodically in intervals, so that it's not in her conscience that she used it that much, when in reality she did. or, you used your computer a lot more without knowing it. my point is, there is some other variable that you guys are not factoring in--it is not your computer if it is run just 5 hours a day.
also the voltage and amperage is different we use 240v @ 10A.
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post #22 of 34
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get a killawatt, here in the USA they cost $15-20 USD. you plug it into the wall, and then plug your power supply cord into it and it tells you what you're pulling. you can easily find out this way and it would be a lot cheaper than hiring a specialist. the only problem i see, is if you guys in australia use a different type of outlet then the one the killawatt is using.

my opinion is that it is not your computer. there is simply some variable that your family is not considering. ex/ your sister used X appliance a lot more (and knows it) and isn't saying anything. or your sister used X appliance more periodically in intervals, so that it's not in her conscience that she used it that much, when in reality she did. or, you used your computer a lot more without knowing it. my point is, there is some other variable that you guys are not factoring in--it is not your computer if it is run just 5 hours a day.

Sorry guys but I don't know what happened.
post #23 of 34
Check under you house for a leaking hot water heater mine had a small leak that kept it on non stop and my power went up 600 bucks hope you get it fixed mate I'm sure its not your rig thou
post #24 of 34
Thread Starter 
Thanks so much for the replies guys, I'm really hoping it doesn't turn out to be my rig
post #25 of 34
Your rig would increase the power usage, but not that much. Unless it's dearer across pond over in NewZealand. Like you guys haven't purchased a huge PLASMA recently or anything like that ?
post #26 of 34
mines like $400 a month lol
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enable all power-saving features- speedstep on CPU, adaptive power management mode on the GPUs.

And make sure the Win7 Power Managemnt set to Balanced.
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enable all power-saving features- speedstep on CPU, adaptive power management mode on the GPUs.

And make sure the Win7 Power Managemnt set to Balanced.
But Sadsoul, isnt this saddening?
    
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post #29 of 34
Even when we use Like 10-12 heavy duty electric construction tools on a job it never raises the bill.. i doubt a little pc uses more than a jackhammer 6 hours a day. But in the U.S electricity may not be as expensive.
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post #30 of 34
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People in Australia get stung a heap for power, it would be even worse in Newzealand.

What you guys from America seem to forget is that the population of the US is many times larger than that of AU and NZ.
The power companies would be able to offer power at a cheaper rate due to sheer mas of people using it. which as we all know the larger the quantity sold the cheaper it gets.

But the chances are it could be a quarterly bill.

Also Australia's land mas of (5,751,000 sq mi) compared to America (3,794,066 sq mi) we have a population of (22,555,990) compared to America's (312,027,000) so that is 13.8 people to our one. Plus there would be a lot of competition between power companies.

So in short power companies as a whole in the US collect 13x as much money per month than in Australia so they can afford to offer it cheaper. the thing that blows me away is you guys have 50 states and we have 8, I am just wondering is there any states that you could throw a rock over?
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