Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Environmental group: 'Video game systems are huge energy wasters'

Video game consoles suck up as much energy each year as the city of San Diego, reports Scientific American. The report is based on a study by Ecos Consulting, funded by the Natural Resources Defense Council.

According to the Scientific American write up, "video game systems are huge energy wasters, mostly because people (read: kids) tend to leave them on even when they're not using them."

The problem, of course, is that most of our electricity comes from burning coal, which sends a lot of greenhouse gas into the atmosphere.

Sony's PlayStation 3 is the worst offender (sucking up 140 Watts of energy, or twice the energy of a refrigerator), Microsoft's Xbox is the second-worst offender (at 119 Watts) and Nintendo's Wii is the green choice (at a slim, trim 20 Watts per hour).

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