Which Video Game System is Most Energy Efficient?

Which Video Game System is Most Energy Efficient?

Here’s a scary thought: More than 40 percent of homes in North America have video game console systems and many of those video games systems remain on all the time. Video game systems use up 16 billion kilowatt-hours annually, enough to power a major city for year. An Xbox or a Playstation 3 left on 24/7/365 uses as much energy as two large refrigerators.
If you have a Playstation or Xbox, you can minimize the energy use of these consoles by accessing the auto-power down option. Playstation 3 didn’t even have this option until a few months ago. Watching a Blu-Ray movie on the Playstation 3 uses 5 times more power than watching it on a standard Blu-Ray player.

So what’s the most energy efficient video game system?

The Wii uses only 16 watts of energy while in Active Mode. The Xbox uses 119 and the Playstation uses 150. If you’re deciding on which system to buy and want to pick one with energy-efficiency in mind, the Wii may the perfect system for your (and the planet’s) needs.

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  1. Dommark

    January 3, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    This is really cool. Thanks for sharing this.

  2. abby

    March 31, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    cool any other energy saving games

  3. Ben

    April 20, 2010 at 5:14 am

    this is realy cool, now i just unplug my playstation after use, it only takes an extra 10 seconds or less to plug it back in when i want to play again. thanks for sharing this.

  4. bob

    May 10, 2010 at 3:49 am

    lol this is cause playstations are shit

  5. bob

    May 10, 2010 at 3:50 am

    lol wiis are shit

  6. bob

    May 13, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    lol xbox 360 is shit

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