Thanks @kevin1 and @JustinAtSense
So let me see if I get this straight… I should determine what my MBR Office draws when it is inactive… Is that right?
The word “Standby” is such a fuzzy word, I just want to be sure I know what is being suggested here…
For my MBR Office, I generally have a few use cases:
1. Personal and Work-At-Home devices are active. This is my most active use case. Typically usage is up around a constant 150W… But obviously can spike with unexpected usage of my laser printer or my paper shredder (or a third computer that I boot up on very rare occasions).
2. Personal only. This is when I have my personal computer on, and have turned off my work computer (usually weekends and evenings). This is basically just putting my work machining to “sleep”, which drops my consumption to about 114W.
3. Standby. When I turn both computers off (or put them to sleep). My power consumption drops to about 60W.
4. Super Standby. When I turn both computers off and I also turn off a secondary power strip attached to my external hard drive, monitors and other items that don’t need to be on. Eliminating these vampire draws brings my consumption down to around 30W. I don’t always do this because sometimes I turn everything off and I fall asleep w/o remembering to turn the secondary power strip off…
Super Standby basically keeps my internet infrastructure going…as well as a few wall warts that I haven’t isolated and moved to my secondary power strip…
With the above data, do you have a suggestion on where I should set my standby threshold?