Originally Posted by Bigbird999
servicetech is correct. Do the math, a 100w light bulb running 24/7 will consume
24x100/1000 = 2.4 kwh/day = 2.4x30 = 72 kwh/month
Depending on where you live power costs 12 to 25 cents per kwh
So $8.64 to $18 per month.
(Unless you live in Norway where power costs 4 - 5 cents/kwh)
That's why people turn of lights switch to CFs that use 15 -20 watts. I don't understand why so many people who would never leave a light on will run a 100 or 200 watt pc 24/7 as if it doesn't consume the same power as a light bulb(s).
An old pc like OP has will probably pull a lot more than 100 watts, but give it the benefit of the doubt and call it 100 watts. No matter what you think
or want to believe, your server costs it is really costing $10 to $20 per month if it is running 24/7. If you don't believe me and/or want to prove it, invest in a Killawatt meter and plug your server into it and measure it for day or month.
Hafta agree with you there. A server that runs 24/7 will be under load... what 10% of the day? If you use the extreme power supply calculator
, you come up with 156W for a computer who capacitor are aged 50% and 115W for a brand new one. AND that is using a 50% load. You won't be near that with 90% of home servers.
You are really looking at a draw of 90-100W. My rates are pretty high at 15 Kph. So it would use 2400watts per day. That is 2.4 kW per day. At $.15... that is $.36 per day... or $131 per year... or about 11 per month.
But that is assuming it is actually on 24/7. You can have it turn off the hard disks, and even go into standby when not in use. You could even go out, get a wake-on-lan psu and card if wanted.
That being said $10 isn't going to make or break anyone. I wouldn't run it 24/7 though.... after all you aren't up 24/7.
There are alot of different options. I mentioned the wake on lan thing. That may or may not be an option. Another option is to have the computer automatically turn off and on at different times of the day.If you only let it run from 6pm-12pm and the morning from 7am-10am. You are cut that cost in more than half.
Here is one example of a way to do ithttp://www.metacafe.com/watch/954351...your_computer/
there are many different options. I wouldn't worry about it for now. Find out if it is something you will actually use... or just a cool idea running through your head that will tire quickly.
I really would recommend atleast XP pro for the remote desktop feature though I think there is a hack for xp home that will allow you do it.
there are other programs that run like this though.. for example ultraVNC.http://www.uvnc.com/index.html
I really should do the the alarm clock thing on mine. I am never home during the week from 9am to 7pm.. sometimes later.