I would like to contribute my idle processor power for something good.I usually seed to p2p network, but I hope this doesn't require much amount of processor utilization? So I installed BOINC software platform and began to contribute to seti@home. But it seems that system is under a heavy load and makes loud noises (fans at full speed I think..).
I would really like to contribute but I don't want my electricity bill to go very high. So, how can I calculate the amount of electrical power my system consumes? Also is there any chance that I would cause damage to system under high loads? Or is it good for me to utilize my full processor potential? Will this reduce my system lifespan?