[hackerspaces] Good morning from Alabama & some finance questions

Arclight arclight at gmail.com
Mon Oct 7 03:20:30 CEST 2013

Always-on equipment like servers are a killer. Even though we have a 10kw
arc welder, the Netapp file server we used to have would double our bill,
while the bug stuff wasn't noticed. We turned off all of the big servers
and went low-power for space infrastructure stuff.

If your space has heating/cooling, that is usually the next biggest thing.
Investing in a smart thermostat is a good idea. Or a simple timer that
gives you 4 hours/etc.

 On Oct 6, 2013 7:55 AM, "Shirley Hicks" <shirley at velochicdesign.com> wrote:

> Good morning all from a list newbie in Birmingham, AL.
> I'm one of the at-large board members for the Red Mountain Makers
> non-profit makerspace which has just rented workshop
> and meeting space. I'm writing the business plan for the group to ensure
> that we have our numbers right and that we have a
> five year plan for sustainability. I'm an older IS student about to finish
> a IS/CS degree at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and
> am doing the business plan under the supervision of one of my business
> school profs and two other members of our group who
> have been successful entrepeneurs.
> I need to nail down our probably workshop electricity usage in terms of
> kilowatt hours, so that I can better estimate our
> probable first year's electricity costs. Does anyone on the list have
> numbers they can share? We're looking at two
> scenarios, based on a membership of 40 - 45 versus one of  60 - 65.
> Specific shop tools have not yet been determined,
> but if necessary, I can put together a list.
> Thanks in advance,
> Shirley Hicks
> Board member, Red Mountain Makers
> shirley at velochicdesign.com
> www.redmountainmakers.org
> wiki.redmountainmakers.org
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