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Energy Consumption of a Desktop Computer

Energy Consumption of a Desktop Computer

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This document discusses power consumption of a desktop computer under various scenarios.
This document discusses power consumption of a desktop computer under various scenarios.

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Energy Consumption of a Desktop Computer
Some people have the habit of keeping the computer switch on for days, specially at the working place. Let's analyse the energy consumption of a desktop computer under various scenarios.
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Below calculations are based on the computer I use at work place. It consumes ~70W when in operation. LCD monitor contributes 25W to it. Assume your team size is 5 (each member has his/her own computer). Average work hours per day = 11hrs (worst case) Work hours per week per member = 11hrs * 5 = 55hrs Total energy requirement per week per member = 55hrs * 70W = 3,850 Wh Total energy requirement of all the members = 3850Wh * 5 = 19,250Wh Scenario 1: Member "A" keeps his/her computer switch on for consecutive 2 days. (from [day1] 8AM to [day2] 5PM) A's consumption = (33hrs + 11hrs * 3) * 70W = 4,620Wh Energy consumption of other members = 3,850Wh * 4 = 15,400Wh Total consumption of all the members = 4,620Wh + 15,400Wh = 20,020Wh Energy wastage = 20,020 - 19,250 = 770Wh (4%) Scenario 2: Member "A" keeps his/her computer switch on for consecutive 3 days. (from [day1] 8AM to [day3] 5PM) A's consumption = (57hrs + 11hrs * 3) * 70W = 6,300Wh Energy consumption of other members = 3,850Wh * 4 = 15,400Wh Total consumption of all the members = 6,300Wh + 15,400Wh = 21,700Wh Energy wastage = 21,700 - 19,250 = 2,450Wh (13%) Scenario 3: Members "A", "B" keep his/her computer switch on for consecutive 3 days. (from [day1] 8AM to [day3] 5PM) (A+B)'s consumption = 2 * (57hrs + 11hrs * 3) * 70W = 12,600Wh Energy consumption of other members = 3,850Wh * 3 = 11,550Wh Total consumption of all the members = 12,600Wh + 11,550Wh = 24,150Wh Energy wastage = 24,150 - 19,250 = 4,900Wh (25%)

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I think you can understand these numbers. At least the percent wastage. Sadly, this is the behavior of average worker! Some workers even have the habit of keeping the computer switched on throughout the week. Monday morning switches on and

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