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    Hike in electricity prices and timers on routers.

    This is a discussion on Hike in electricity prices and timers on routers. within the Sky Broadband help forums, part of the Sky Broadband help and support category; After reading an article at thinkbroadband :: The UK's largest independent Broadband / ADSL comparison & review website I am ...

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      Hike in electricity prices and timers on routers.

      After reading an article at thinkbroadband :: The UK's largest independent Broadband / ADSL comparison & review website I am interested to see that some people are putting their router on a timer.

      Has anyone tried this?

      Does it upset the router or Sky's monitoring software for line speeds?

      Could I also put my external HDD enclosure on it? - it is plugged directly into the router.

      Is it worth it for the 6 or seven hours?
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      Re: Hike in electricity prices and timers on routers.

      Quote Originally Posted by newbuilder View Post

      Is it worth it for the 6 or seven hours?
      Turning the router off at night would save about 5p a week - and shorten its life.

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      Re: Hike in electricity prices and timers on routers.

      The plate on the back of my router says 12v 1 amp, ie 12 watts.

      Thats 12*24*365= 105.12 KW per year.

      Assume 12 pence per unit that's around 12.60.

      So if your router is off for half the time you will save around 6.00.


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      Re: Hike in electricity prices and timers on routers.

      I suppose when you are getting free replacements from Sky, it does not matter, but turning off the router every day could shorten it's life. This could be more expensive than the few pounds per year you will save by turning it off. This does not even take into account the larger carbon footprint caused by manufacturing a new router.

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      Re: Hike in electricity prices and timers on routers.

      Anyone interested in these kind of arguments should read this Phone chargers - the truth

      and if that doesn't put you off, you should also read this - Sustainable Energy - Without the Hot Air

      Finally some sense on green issues from someone qualified to do the calculations (not a spin doctor or some media johnny at the BBC - a Cambridge Physics Professor)

      There is a useful electricity cost calculator here if you can't do the calculations yourself easily - Electricity Running Cost Calculator from UK Power

      Isitme is of course quite right. the amount of energy which goes into the manufacture of a piece of electronics like a router is quite shocking. If you did take even 25% off its design life by switching it off overnight then the chances are it wouldn't be worth it as far as the carbon footprint argument is concerned.
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      Re: Hike in electricity prices and timers on routers.

      Quote Originally Posted by penrhyn View Post

      So if your router is off for half the time you will save around 6.00.
      The router won't be drawing at a constant rate - the 12 watts you quote would be peak i.e. when the router is under load. Assuming that it would be sitting idle for a fair part of the time, I think the actual consumption saved would be significantly less than that.

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      Re: Hike in electricity prices and timers on routers.

      I have recently bought on of these to help save on electricity. One press of a button switches of the large screen TV, Hifi, DVD player, VCR and speakers. The Sky+ and my HDD DVD recorder are plugged into the 'mains' sockets and remain on standby. The beauty of it is that you can train any remote to operate it, so no extra remote as most other devices like this require. It will pay for itself in a few months. I have these fitted to my PCs to turn everything off except the router. Shutting down the PC shuts off the power to all the peripherals.

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      Re: Hike in electricity prices and timers on routers.

      If you are worried about carbon footprints, leave the router on and take fewer car trips. the cost savings in switching off a router are very small. My Sagem with wireless disabled uses 6W

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      Re: Hike in electricity prices and timers on routers.

      I would love to take fewer car trips but to travel a 30 minute journey in a car takes nearly 3 hours on the bus and would mean leaving at 6.50am and not arriving to 9.50am when I start work at 8.50am.

      Public transport in the North of Scotland is not so Public!
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      Re: Hike in electricity prices and timers on routers.

      Quote Originally Posted by newbuilder View Post
      Public transport in the North of Scotland is not so Public!
      Public transport in the UK is pants full stop. We need to take a few lessons from our EU neighbours. I spend a bit of time every year in France and the Netherlands and their public transport systems are the dogs.


     

     

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