My loving spouse and I are looking for ideas to conserve energy, with the
goal being to minimize our consumption enough to save money, and adjust to
that lifestyle before buying and maintaining a homehead, hopefully off the
We currently use mostly CFs... about 20 of them, and find them ok... hate
the wait before they flicker on (Sam's club- GE), and way to hard on the
eyes for above the kitchen table... like burning a hole in the eyes, but can
live with them in lamps with shades. We leave little on when not in use.
We don't take too long in fridge to find stuff. We open blinds in the day,
and close at night, and we're about to purchase a "Kill a Watt" to see where
else we're spending some of our energy dollars on phantom loads.
One BIG issue for us is computer use. We have one HP PC as a server (no
display) and two Dell desktops with CRTs. I've been looking at XPC Shuttle
form-factor PCs (very small and lower power requirements- 200W supplies),
but also thinking about laptops. I'm a web developer and my spouse is also
getting into the industry.
What do we know about power requirements of various computers and displays?
Can you lend some guidance?
mini-itx uses the via cpu chips , I run my severs for www.solar-guppy.com
24/7 , the headless servers use about 11 watts each (measured)
you can read some about another user who is doing what you are considering