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    Re: Articles - How much does it cost to run your electrical items: you may be shocked

    On the bright side, running all my systems save me money from NOT using the boiler. Taking in the boiler / circulation efficiency then it is not so bad.

    My bill averages to 45 quids a month (per person) which isn't bad consider one of my flatmate always keep the boiler at maximum AND run an additional 600W electric heater. His window is leaky and he keeps his room at 25'C (Mine is 19-ish). He only run 2 laptops in contrast. I feel sad for my another flatmate who run 1 laptop and heater on low.
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    Re: Articles - How much does it cost to run your electrical items: you may be shocked

    Quote Originally Posted by SiM View Post
    Tarinder, don't you think a longer test is necessary to get it reasonably accurate. E.g. a fridge doesn't have the cooling mechanism running 24/7 but it will for the first 2 minutes after turning it on (if turning on from warm, or the converse if turning on from cold)
    Agree with this. I've the exact same wattmeter and certainly for some lower wattage usage I'd leave it plugged in for at least an hour to get anything approaching what I'd call accurate and could more confidently extrapolate from. Extrapolating a 2 minute reading into an annual figure is definitely salt pinching time.

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    Re: Articles - How much does it cost to run your electrical items: you may be shocked

    This is why people should switch off there pc's at night. I know alot of people who don't and its probably costing them loads.

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    Re: Articles - How much does it cost to run your electrical items: you may be shocked

    £50-70 annually for running my TV everyday .... Total bargain and money well spent.

    We both now use laptops anyway ... Just need to check how much the router and printer uses - cant be much. I am not going around flipping switches three to four time a day just to save 20-30 quid a year.

    I think I will definitely get myself the Eco-Eye mentioned in the article .... I'm curious now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lyall3s1 View Post
    Really good article. I'm amazed how much it costs to run a high end computer 24/7 .
    Agree with that. Indicated my thanks to Tarinder.

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    No electricity bills for me =D My accommodation fees cover it- unlimited =D
    You say that - but be careful your university (if it is a university - reasonable assumption?) may well monitor usage. Mine (RHUL) did - and they made regular checks to see if you were using things like fridges.

    (I was, but intentionally bought a dark-silver one, so it, well, didn't look like a fridge.)

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    Re: Articles - How much does it cost to run your electrical items: you may be shocked

    Quote Originally Posted by superscaper View Post
    Agree with this. I've the exact same wattmeter and certainly for some lower wattage usage I'd leave it plugged in for at least an hour to get anything approaching what I'd call accurate and could more confidently extrapolate from. Extrapolating a 2 minute reading into an annual figure is definitely salt pinching time.
    Funnily enough, I agree with this as well. I've updated the table to reflect the white goods after being switched on for 30 minutes. The figures are a touch lower for both, incidentally.

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    Re: Articles - How much does it cost to run your electrical items: you may be shocked

    for fridges and freezers, I do a 24 hour run on the meter. For PCs/TVs etc, I do a 10 minute run.

    When I did the living room, I got several multiways and connected them all together, plugged everything into them and plugged the 1 lead into the meter..that worked well. Also put the kettle in and made myself the ritual cuppa to simulate my typical morning usage.

    My mum just had her bill - she was a bit shocked! I'm going to put labels on everything.."costs "x" per hour to run", and see what that does.

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    Re: Articles - How much does it cost to run your electrical items: you may be shocked

    Good article. Since I've read this I've been unplugging the TV each night, which is also the plug that keeps the Xbox 360, Wii,PS3 Sky box, video and DVD player on standby 24 hours a day.

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    Re: Articles - How much does it cost to run your electrical items: you may be shocked

    Thanks for that good article.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sirbendy View Post
    for fridges and freezers, I do a 24 hour run on the meter. For PCs/TVs etc, I do a 10 minute run.

    When I did the living room, I got several multiways and connected them all together, plugged everything into them and plugged the 1 lead into the meter..that worked well. Also put the kettle in and made myself the ritual cuppa to simulate my typical morning usage.

    My mum just had her bill - she was a bit shocked! I'm going to put labels on everything.."costs "x" per hour to run", and see what that does.
    You don't actually save a significant amount of money since it only take away the cheapest part of your usage.

    If some want to go further to save money, perhaps run a night-shift and you pay at E7 rate
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    Re: Articles - How much does it cost to run your electrical items: you may be shocked

    Quote Originally Posted by Johnnyboy View Post
    Remember that nearly all of that used electricity ends up as heat which keeps your house roasty-toasty, saving your central heating from kicking in as often.
    Still way more expensive than using Central heating though (Gas)

    The bill was around £300 for Jan->March and Oct->Dec. That's when it's most expensive

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    Still way more expensive than using Central heating though (Gas)

    The bill was around £300 for Jan->March and Oct->Dec. That's when it's most expensive
    Yes, I believe it costs around 3 times more to heat by electric at normal prices than by gas, so using your PC to heat your home is not a good idea.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ciber View Post
    Yes, I believe it costs around 3 times more to heat by electric at normal prices than by gas, so using your PC to heat your home is not a good idea.
    Yeap thats right. Was around 4 times as much before iirc (for me), elec at 16p and gas 4p.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ciber View Post
    Yes, I believe it costs around 3 times more to heat by electric at normal prices than by gas, so using your PC to heat your home is not a good idea.
    Depends on how good is your house insulation. My radiator sits right next to the windows so majority of the heat go straight out of the windows. My flatmate, happens to have a leaky window, is even worse. I reckon the radiator effective efficiency is around 20% which makes it "cheaper" to use the computer as heater. And you also get some work done, for example Folding

    His room running the radiator at maximum and boiler at 55'C is colder than my room running 400W of equipments.
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    (This web page seems to suggest the radiator output 2680W, no idea about temperature though)

    And my gas/electricity bill was £480 from Sep -> Jan... The majority goes into gas, which pretty much proved my point. That is with me not using the radiator most of the time.

    I think all my systems + ext hdds + monitors adds up to 350W average.
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    Re: Articles - How much does it cost to run your electrical items: you may be shocked

    O.o

    Explains why I had a quarterly bill of £900..

    Now i'm on pas-as-u-go.. which is even worse

    Any ideas on how much a UPS wastes? I have a 40" LCD and PC running through a UPS for stability

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    I have started to unplug some of my electrical items due to high bills and bad economy.

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