I have an edit suite that consists of 2 computers, 3 monitors, a few decks, various external drives and a speaker system. I purchased a small device to measure the power consumption of my edit suite (Kill-a-watt is the product name - great device). After measuring the consumption of my entire system TURNED OFF, I realized that it was consuming the equivalent of leaving three 500 watt lamps on for an hour each day. Again, this is with the system entirely "shut down" - not on standby or in sleep mode - completely turned off. Obviously, I deemed this a terrible design flaw of the gear and set out to stop the massive power waste. I have an power backup system through which all the equipment is powered and began cutting the power and turning off the APC whenever I was leaving the house for more than a day. This saved 1.5kwh per day. Gone for a week and I was saving 10kwh - it added up. But shortly after, the power backup died completely (unable to maintain its own batteries without that constant appetite for power being satiated) and the batteries on the motherboards of my computers both died - again, not being recharged constantly killed them. And this with PLENTY of recharge time on the days when I was home and working.
Now, I accept that I don't have any emergency power backup, and have to reset the closck back from January 1, 1980 every time I come home. But I'm saving PILES of energy. If you decide to pull the plug on your system periodically, I highly reccomend it, but also warn that there may be consequences since the equipment is (at least in my case) addicted to constant power waste.
Adam Starr - Winchester, NH
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