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    Put phantoms in check with energy meters




    BEST PRACTICES

    Put phantoms in check with energy meters


    By Katherine Murray

    Okay so you were just going to run downstairs for a moment and let the dog out. But once downstairs, you find other distractions and, besides, it's such a nice afternoon.

    Meanwhile, upstairs, that report is not getting done and your computer slips gently into sleep mode. No harm done, right?

    The full text of this column is posted at windowssecrets.com/best-practices/put-phantoms-in-check-with-energy-meters/ (paid content, opens in a new window/tab).

    Columnists typically cannot reply to comments here, but do incorporate the best tips into future columns.

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    If I switch my printer off, it performs a clean every time it is switched back on - because it has lost track of the previous clean date. This wastes more ink and I think that costs more than the samll amount of power involved in leaving the printer on.

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    This is something from Microsoft (requires Win7 apparently) that might be interesting to some:

    Joulemeter is a software tool that estimates the power consumption of your computer. It tracks computer resources, such as CPU utilization and screen brightness, and estimates power usage.

    http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/...-daf55565f794/

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    One of the biggest electricity wasters is those power supplies or "wall bugs". The older ones are linear, which means they use the same wattage whether they are charging or powering anything or not, and they also heat up when left idle but plugged in. Newer power supplies are the switching type, and these power down when not charging, using very little standby current. If Americans would replace older "wall bugs" with newer ones, one estimate is that the power used by these power supplies could be cut in half over the entire residential grid. So if you have an older charger or power supply, consider unplugging it when its device is not being used or charged. Even with newer power supplies, some electricity is saved by unplugging them when not in use.
    -- Bob Primak --

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