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Video gaming systems and energy use
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More than 40% of homes have video game console systems, and many of those devices remain on constantly. In fact, gaming systems use more than $1 billion worth of energy a year, which is enough to power a major city for year.
The easiest and most effective way to save energy is to TURN OFF and UNPLUG the device when it’s not being used. Interestingly, a study found that most systems use nearly the same amount of power in idle mode as when they are actually being played. Turning them off could save gamers about $100 a year.
So what’s the most energy efficient video game system?
If you have a Playstation or Xbox, you can minimize the energy use of these consoles by accessing the auto-power down option. Watching a Blu-Ray movie on the Playstation 3 uses 5 times more power than watching it on a standard Blu-Ray player.
ENERGY STAR, the government-backed group that rates many products for energy-efficiency, is now in the process of researching the energy consumption of gaming devices and setting standards for manufacturers who want to earn the ENERGY STAR certification.
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