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tuiruru
11-04-2011, 03:30 PM
This is "technical" so I've put it on this "side". Mods please move if necessary.

Has anybody looked into Granola (http://grano.la/software/about.php) which, apparently can save you power. The "results" of it's first run are attached but I don't really understand what it's doing or how it does it. Is it monitoring my laptop on line, in real time and making adjustments as it goes? If so, isn't that dangerous? MSSE hasn't flagged it....

And if it is legit, will the savings be worth bothering about? You may need to sniff round the site - all opinions and feedback appreciated. :thumbs:

tuiruru
11-04-2011, 03:36 PM
Interesting that according do it's default setting the average US cost of one KWhour is 12 cents!

pctek
11-04-2011, 03:38 PM
Could have looked up some reviews:
http://download.cnet.com/Granola/3000-2094_4-75182521.html


it's not doing anything Power management can't already do.

tuiruru
11-04-2011, 03:43 PM
So it's just a "feel good meter"?

dugimodo
11-04-2011, 04:02 PM
It's roughly $10 a year savings based on my power rates and their claims, not worth the effort I'd say.

pctek
11-04-2011, 07:34 PM
So it's just a "feel good meter"?

It's an alternative to whats already built-in.

tuiruru
12-04-2011, 10:04 AM
Thanks people.

SP8's
12-04-2011, 12:46 PM
Yep ... my Asus setup gives me pretty much the same information ... can anyone tell me how to claim back my carbon credits ... I've saved 103252.680mg since 21/01.2001 .... must be worth a couple of hundred bucks by now .... :rolleyes:

gary67
12-04-2011, 02:45 PM
Yep ... my Asus setup gives me pretty much the same information ... can anyone tell me how to claim back my carbon credits ... I've saved 103252.680mg since 21/01.2001 .... must be worth a couple of hundred bucks by now .... :rolleyes:

Go out into the forest and dig up a pine tree and take it home. All your credits in one handy tree

SP8's
12-04-2011, 02:59 PM
Why thank ya kindley Gary !!! ... :D

tuiruru
12-04-2011, 04:20 PM
Just for the hell of it I ran the same thread on HowToGeek, and it developed into a nice little discussion, not necessarily on topic. If you're interested here's the link (http://www.howtogeek.com/forum/topic/one-for-those-who-understand-the-power-consumption-of-pcs?replies=17).

One of the most sensible revelations was that you don't have to put on clean clothes every day!!

gary67
12-04-2011, 04:41 PM
What you need is one of these (http://www.efergy.com/Products/efergy-Shop-Energy-Monitors/EFERGY/Efergy-E2/pid-184320.aspx). They clamp to the live feed in your meter box. Friends from England say everyone is using them now over there and some get them free from their power company. I'm thinking about getting one later this year maybe

tuiruru
12-04-2011, 04:44 PM
One of the people on the Geek thread mentioned them.

tuiruru
12-04-2011, 06:34 PM
One of the people on the Geek thread mentioned them.

We're with Genesis and they recently installed a smart meter. I can now go to their site (which always responds relatively slowly), burrow my way down a few levels, and implement a line or bar graph, or a table, showing my consumption. I can even get it in hourly increments for a particular day. I've just tried it - at the moment they don't have my usage from Friday to today!!

veldthui
13-04-2011, 03:12 AM
I just brought a plug in meter from Dick Smith because I had so much plugged into one socket I was worried. 4 - 5 computers, two monitors, a NAS box, Laser printer. Plus other stuff.
The meter shows it drawing 3 amps with everything cruising but never more than 3.6 amps. Puts the mind at rest and gives power usage, cost, etc. Pretty cheap if you want to know how much something uses. Can be moved from hotpoint to hotpoint at will.

Better than some program that probably slows your CPU down to idle speed and claims t is saving you money. probably is but the computer is then crippled.