Learn how to make your online game console energy efficient:
On these cold winter days, online gaming has become a popular activity for many Minnesotans of all ages. What many online gamers do not realize is that these game consoles and accessories may be driving up your electric bill, even when you’re not using them! As with any electronic device, the best practices is to hit the power button when you’re not using it. Fortunately, there are other ways to reduce power usage.
According to our Energy Star…
The latest game consoles bring together many exciting new features, such as voice control, gesture recognition, connectivity, wireless controllers, and the ability to stream live Internet content. But many people may not realize that most of these new features draw power even when they are not using them. When all features are maximized, today’s game consoles can consume as much energy as all of the homes in the city of Houston, or the equivalent of the electricity delivered by four power plants.
Do you want to game on with the newest innovative and intuitive features, without wasting energy? With just a few simple steps, you can make the most of your system’s energy saving features, without missing any of the action. Reduce your game console’s energy use, save money, and help protect the climate.
Tips for Reducing Power Consumption ~ courtesy of www.energystar.gov:
Activate Power Saving Settings: Xbox One comes set-up to listen for the “Xbox On” command to turn on and allow other devices to access it via the network. By configuring the “Energy-saving” Power Mode, you can disable such features and drop the Xbox One’s standby power use by 98 percent! The Play Station 4 (PS4), with software updates, enters a low power “Rest” mode after one hour of inactivity – which can be reduced to save even more. Users can also enable time limits for USB power charging when the PS4 is in “Rest” mode. The Wii U‘s power consumption is already optimized in all non-gaming modes, consuming less than half a watt when your console is standing by.
Turn off the Controllers: The PS4 includes a useful feature that allows the controllers to turn themselves off when not in use. You can choose to turn off your controllers automatically after 10-,30-, or 60 minutes, depending on your gameplay habits.
Dis-Kinect When You Aren’t Using It:Xbox‘s Kinect accessory can instantly recognize your body movements. This feature can use up to 14 watts when the game console is in use. So if you don’t use Kinect often, consider disconnecting it.
Keep Up on Your Updates: For example, with Sony’s System Software version 2.0 update, the PS4 now powers down automatically and the USB ports enter a much lower power state once connected controllers are fully charged, dropping the power consumption by over 65 percent.
Hard wiring also adds performance quality:
Don’t Let Your Game Console Come Between You and Your Cable: For the best efficiency choice, plug your set-top box cable directly into the first HDMI port on your TV and connect the Xbox to a secondary HDMI port on your TV. Plugging your set-top box into your Xbox requires the Xbox to consume power even when you are not gaming-almost as much power as your TV. (see attached graphic).
One More Thing: Stream Your Content Smartly:Streaming through a game console uses up to 10 times more energy than streaming on a laptop or tablet. Consider using another kind of device to stream–like a Blu-ray player, set-top box, or smart TV that has earned EPA’s ENERGY STAR, which also uses comparatively less energy.
Computer and monitor energy efficiency:
For tips on how to make your computer and monitor energy efficient visit Energy Star’s Activate Power Management on Your Computer blog.
- Save $10-100 per computer annually in electricity costs
- Eliminate the need to boot up your computer each morning, saving time
- Help the environment by reducing air pollution associated with the burning of fossil fuels
MVTV Wireless Internet wishes you a warm, safe and prosperous March 2018!
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