[mythtv-users] Power bill vs SchedulesDirect bill

jedi at mishnet.org jedi at mishnet.org
Tue Sep 18 21:20:15 UTC 2007

> From: Yan Seiner <yan at seiner.com>
>>I agree...  It astounds me that people continue to spend time on this.
>>SD right now costs about $0.08/day.  (My math could be off by a bit, but
>>it's close.)  That's nothing.  I'd say most of us wouldn't stop to pick
>>up 8 pennies in the street.  Heck, most stores have a penny box where
>>people throw their pennies.
> Since you bring up numbers, let's have some fun with this.

It's gotta be WAF.

The average wife isn't going to relate the high power bill to the
rack of servers you have in your home office but dare to ask for
60 bux to spend on a UPS and they get testy...

> If I'm not mistaken Tivo uses ~30-45Watts (a friend measured his hacked 2
> drive S1 Tivo at 55W) so let's very conservatively say that a monolithic
> MythTV box uses 50W.  50W*24hr/day*30day/mo = 3.6KW-hrs per month.  Grid
> power is very roughly about 10cents per KW-hr meaning your Myth box sucks
> $3.60/month in electricity.  So unless you've got a solar array on your
> roof or windmill in your yard you are currently paying about 1.5x to feed
> the MythTV box power vs. feeding it data.

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