How much power does an average tech professional consume?
Posted On August 29, 2022
Being a tech professional can be quite tasking- from having to meet up with multiple work schedules, especially as a remote worker; to the cost of maintaining the jobs (the work area, your devices and other sundry maintenance). This is why we bring up pieces of information that can help ease the task and also help you minimize some costs.
In today’s post, we will be talking about how much power an average tech professional consume.
As an average tech professional, you tend to make use of different gadgets and devices in the course of the work. All these devices consume power. You need to know the power consumption rate of these devices to be able to plan your electricity use efficiently.
For example, if you use the Grid- especially a prepaid meter, you might not be able to determine how long a particular electricity unit will last if you do not know how some of these gadgets work.
Sometimes, it’s not just about the capacity of the device. The usage of the device also determines the intensity of your power consumption. You could exhaust the same amount of units faster than at another time.
The same also boils down to the use of Solar Energy. Let’s assume you were able to buy a good solar system that commensurate with the capacity of your gadget. If you do not know how your gadgets work, you might realize that you use up the battery power quickly and you wonder if the solar system is not as efficient as claimed.
This is why you need to know how much power you consume. It will help you determine what to switch off and what to leave on.
We rightly know that computers are the most important devices to an average tech professional. For this article, we will dwell more on that.
Research has shown that computers and their components make up for up to 10% of all household power use in the world, with an additional 25% being consumed by other consumer electronics.
Shall we begin?
For Desktop Computers
As a tech professional using a desktop computer, you will consume an average of 200 Watts per hour when your computer is in use. And if your desktop computer is on and steady for 8 hours per day, it will consume nearly 600kWh.
Consequently, your complete set of desktop computers consumes an average of 200Wh. The total average consumption of your computer alone in an hour is 171 W, the modem is 10 W, while the printer is 5 W, and the speakers 20 W.
For Laptop Computers
As a tech professional using a laptop computer, you will consume within the range of 50 & 100 W/hr when in usage. However, this depends largely on your laptop model. If your laptop is steadily on for up to 8 hours per day, then it will consume between 150 & 300 kWh.
Laptop computers are built to operate on battery strength. Therefore, in several cases, the central processor with other hardware is more productive and slightly powerful than the desktop.
Different Computer Power Modes
If you’re still wondering how you may be consuming power on different computer power modes, then here’s it!
When on Standby Mode
When you put your monitor on standby mode, the power subtracts its consumption by 15 percent. On the other hand, if you switch off your monitor completely, the power goes off entirely, so no power is being consumed.
When on Sleep Mode
This is also recognized as suspending mode. It leaves your PC in a low-power use state, the PC then uses the Random Access Memory (RAM) to protect your existing open file and app data. With this, you’re sure not to lose any documents. The computer can also wake up again quickly. However, power will be reduced to parts not being utilized like the visual display unit, storage unit, and other components.
This mode is especially beneficial when you want to take a quick break from operating your computer.
When on Hibernate Mode
This has a slight difference between standby and sleep mode. This is because it reduces power to the Random Access Memory (RAM) and other units. So instead of information about recent states being conserved on the RAM, it will now be saved to the cache instead. When in hibernation, your PC is using virtually no power the same way it uses no power when switched off.
However, it still can recall the last task you were accomplishing before hibernating. This mode is good if you intend to leave your PC overnight. Windows 10 computers by default don’t indicate an option to hibernate. Though, you can include it in the start menu by yourself.
Generally, the graphics menu and the central processor consume the most power. The motherboard and power cache often pull power, but they pass it on to other units so you don’t need to worry about their power usage.
With this information, you can quickly remind yourself if it is necessary to leave your PC on sleep mode, hibernation mode or turn it off completely.
One of the ways to keep your PC healthy is to at least turn it off every 24 hours, especially at night.
Just like I earlier stated, an average tech professional consumes a lot of power which might equate to more costs. You need a power supply that will help you use your gadgets with less monthly expenses. One good way to go about this is to Go Solar! You only need to make the purchases once and for all; then you are good to go!