What a nice way to start the day! I passed the Designing and Developing Web-Based Applications by Using the Microsoft .NET Framework exam scoring 825.
So I’m now a Microsoft Certified Professional Developer: Web Developer :-)
A few months ago I was visiting our local library, when I noticed some interesting kits behind the the desk. They turned out to be “Home Energy Action Toolkits” (which has an acronym of HEAT!). I put my name down on the list, and finally last week it was my turn to borrow one of the kits.
They include the following items:
- Power-mate power meter
- Infrared thermometer
- Stop watch
I was primarily interesting in using the power meter to gauge how much power various appliances use in our home.
Here’s what I discovered:
Appliance Standby (Watts) On (Watts) DVD Player 2.1 12 VCR 5.6 16 CRT TV n/a 56 2400 W Heater 1.3 960/1370/2210 (low/med/high) CD Cassette Radio 1 5.3 8.5/6.5/6.3 (Cd/Tape/Radio) CD Cassette Radio 2 4.0 5.9/5.3 (Tape/Radio) Computer + CRT Monitor 8.5 160 Computer speakers 2 3.6 Small CRT TV n/a 44 1000 W Heater n/a 960 Camera battery charger 0.4 Automatic garage roller door 10.4 100 Mobile phone charger 0.2 Microwave oven 5.4 1550 ADSL Modem n/a 8.3 VoIP ATA n/a 2.9
Two other appliances were also measured, using a feature of the power meter which calculates running costs by allowing you to enter in the cost per kilowatt hour (I used 17.99 cents). The results were very interesting:
Dishwasher 14.44 cents per standard cycle Bread machine 8.3 cents to make 1.25Kg loaf
So it probably is cheaper to make your own bread after all.
As a family we’re not too bad at turning off things that we’re not using. We’ve also started the move to compact fluorescent lights, and I intend to make use of a service like Envirosaver, which will come out and replace all your incandescent bulbs with CF ones for free.
CodeCampSA is on again, over the weekend of July 12-13th.
The speaker list looks impressive:
- Greg Low
- Tatham Oddie
- Paul Stovell
- Darren Neimke
- Dave Glover
- Shane Morris
- Daniel Brown
- Paul Turner
- Jason Stangroome
- Jim Burger
- Peter Cornish
- Jason Schluter
- David Gardiner
- Ben Mackie
- Alan Boldock
- Keith Zerna
- Simon Holman
(Yes, I’ve put up my hand again!)
I’m definitely going on Saturday - will have to see about Sunday though.
Updated Jason’s surname, and added links to speaker blogs – let me know if I’ve missed someone.