Gamers are often dedicated to their console of choice and can spend hours enjoying their time. As they spend their time gaming, few give thought to the power use, and few yet do not realize how much electricity is drained when their supposedly switched to energy-saving “standby mode.” These devices are in fact energy vampires. Quite a few home entertainment centers move from traditional cable boxes to video game console-centric hubs capable of streaming, gaming and a lot more. Few suspect the energy usage concerning their console usage, energy consumed through electronics is frequently the culprit when it comes to increased energy bills. Considering this, Simon Electric would like to elaborate on the potential energy vampires lurking in your home that are gaming consoles.
Energy Vampire Definition
An energy vampire is an electronic device that will quietly syphon energy when you aren’t using it. Every year, due to these energy vampires, the average household likely throws away about $165 dollars according to the NRDC, or Natural Resources Defense Council.
Game Console Energy Vampires
Especially over time, one of the biggest culprits has become the game console. In fact, the latest versions of the big-name consoles use three times the energy compared to the previous generations. When they are used to stream online media options to view movies and shows, the consoles are inefficient to keep up with the power demand and more energy draining. While streaming video one of the most popular consoles will consume 89 watts per hour and another popular console consumes 72 watts per hour for instance. This is well above the EnergyStar standard of 50 as it is roughly 35 times the energy consumption of an TV or dedicated streaming device like Roku.
Vampire Energy Solutions
There are solutions to avoid the energy vampires, like consoles, from consuming useless energy and your hard-earned cash. A good place to start saving is using the consoles exclusively for gaming. You can invest in a device designed for streaming that does not require energy consumption from the money saved from not streaming videos. A worth-while change is making the switch since video-streaming one the leading consoles idly on standby regularly can drain roughly $140 in energy.
Unplug Appliances when Not in Use
Making sure your console automatically shuts down after an hour of inactivity is recommended by the NRDC, to prevent the idle energy draining from your favorite consoles. To further help you save be sure your systems are completely off by an eye check and unplug the consoles during a long trip, or even every day if need be.
Electrical Energy Audits, Inspections & More in Delray Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter & Boca Raton & Palm Beach County Florida
We at Simon Electric recommend scheduling a professional energy audit in your home to additionally seek greater account of the energy consumption in your household. Along with a whole house surge protector to ensure the safety of electronics. We can help you use less energy while improving the overall efficiency of the electronic system with useful tips and suggestions after your audit. Call Simon Electric today and let our professionals help you save money from other energy vampires.