Make It “Game Over” For Your Home’s Biggest Energy Hog

Video Game Energy CostsWhat if we told you there’s a device found in many homes across America that collectively uses as much electricity in one year as the entire city of Houston? No, it’s not an air conditioner – it’s the video game console.

Units like the Xbox One and PS4 are energy hogs, and not just when you’re in gaming mode. A report from the Natural Resources Defense Council says the biggest problem is how much power these consoles use when in standby but not fully powered off. There is an exception – the Wii U uses just one watt of power when connected on standby and less than half of what’s used for game play by the Xbox One and PS4.

It’s estimated that video game consoles burn through 11 billion kilowatt hours per year and cost gamers $1 billion on their electricity bills. So what can you do? Start by plugging your video game console into a power strip and turn it off when you’re not using it. And if you use your game console to watch streaming video, invest in an Apple TV, Chromecast or Roku player. These use from 30 to 45 times less power than your game console for video streaming.