I have bought the Kill A Watt meter a while back. I went on to measure every gadget and applicances I can possibly measure. Here is some result to share.
Clock Radio 1
LCD monitor off
Fax machine standby
Mac Mini sleeping
Charging small gadget
Inkject printer idling
clock Radio 2
Stereo playing Radio
Stereo playing CD
15" LCD monitor
Compact Florescence tube
Space header (fans only)
Mac Mini On (+8W when playing DVD)
Motorola Set-top box (use same amount of power whether on or off)
Core i5 laptop
|10cu ft refrigerator (24 hour avg)
|Water Boiler & Warmer (24 hour avg)
Compact refrigerator (24 hour avg)
|32" LCD TV
|space heater (24 hour avg)
My main observation is the concern on power usage by electronic gadgets, and also the phantom watt issue, that is gadget continue to draw power when they are off, is largely overblown. Most sustain on just about 1 watt of power. The only rogue applicance is the set top box that uses 18W whether it is on or not. Even that is only 18W. In fact all the electronic gadgets added together does not match thw power usage of one space heater. This is evident in my skyrocketing winter power bill (or in hotter climate, the summer air conditioning cost).
Another interesting find. My new refrigerator uses 50% less electric than a much smaller but dated compact refrigerator. At this rate, it will actually come very close to the estimated annual electric cost of $38 that is posted in the tag in the store.
2011.12.24 comments -