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Published on December 31st, 2008 | by Brian Browne

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US consoles generate enough power to run San Diego

Staying classy? Well, according to the NRDC (National Resources Defense Council) we are not. I figured that most console owners started to figure this out, given that the Xbox 360 sounds like a chopper taking off when you turn it on. Well, the NRDC has put these figures on paper for us. Their findings were:

  • That more than 40 percent of all homes in the US contain at least one video game console.
  • “New gaming systems are popular, often more power hungry”- PS3 owners can take credit for using the most energy, while the Wii owners covet the “Hippie Award” for using the least amount. (These figures are calculated with the console running and the console off)
  • Consoles use an estimated 16 billion kilowatt-hours per year, which is enough to power San Diego

Results of surveys done before this one, have caused the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to push for console energy requirements. Looking for them to start in July 2010, the proposed stipulations would include:

  • Wireless Access Point functions must use less than 10 Watts of power.
  • The console shall have the ability to drop output components when the system is inactive for 15 minutes.
  • The console shall power down to a sleep mode after 1 hour of inactivity

The NRDC then follows up its report with a few suggestions for the consumer and the industry that makes the consoles we play on. The most single effective way comes as of no surprise: Turn your console off when you aren’t using it (what a thought). After all this isn’t the days of NES, where you had to leave it on all night because you couldn’t save the game. Repeat after me everyone: “Hard Drive”. You can check out the rest of the results here

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