Most energy efficient (home) setup
Jeroen van Aart
jeroen at mompl.net
Wed Feb 22 21:13:47 UTC 2012
After reading a number of threads where people list their huge and
wasteful, but undoubtedly fun (and sometimes necessary?), home setups
complete with dedicated rooms and aircos I felt inclined to ask who has
attempted to make a really energy efficient setup?
This may be an interesting read, it uses a plugcomputer:
Admittedly I don't have a need for a full blown home lab since I am not
a network engineer, I'm more of a sysadmin/network admin/programmer kind
of person... So I can make do with a somewhat minimal set up. But I *do*
have tunneled IPv6 from home ;-)
In my current apartment in addition to an el cheapo DSL modem that
probably wastes about 10 watts and a "sometimes on" PC workstation I
used to have an always on thinkpad (early 2000s model) as my main
desktop system and an always on G4 system (pegasos2 in case you care)
acting as a mail/web/ssh server. The thinkpad was a refurbished model
and it was quite stable, up to 500 days of uptime during its last years.
But the hardware slowly disintegrated and when the gfx card died I
Right now my always on server is a VIA artigo 1100 pico-itx system
(replacing the G4 system) and my "router/firewall/modem" is still the el
cheapo DSL modem (which runs busybox by the way). I have an upgraded
workstation that's "sometimes on", it has a mini itx form factor (AMD
phenom2 CPU). I use debian on all systems.
I haven't measured it but I think if the set up would use 30 watts
continuously (only taking the always on systems into account) it'd be a
lot. Of course it'll spike when I fire up the workstation.
It's not extremely energy efficient but compared to some setups I read
about it is. The next step would be to migrate to a plugcomputer or
something similar (http://plugcomputer.org/).
Any suggestions and ideas appreciated of course. :-)
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