If you’re trying to be more eco-friendly, then you already know the best thing you can do for the environment is to cut down on the resources you use. That’s why you use LED light bulbs, it’s why you have your outside lights on a timer, and it’s why you tend to watch movies on your tablet instead of your big TV if it’s just you curled up on the couch. After all, the less electricity you use, the fewer resources you’re burning over your lifetime. The problem is, if you have a modern video game console, you might have undone all that hard work without knowing it.
“Vampire energy” is the term for the power your appliances suck out of the walls even when they’re “turned off”. Look at your microwave, for example. It takes more power to run the digital clock than it does to cook your food. But most of us just leave it plugged in because it’s just such a hassle to unplug it every time we finish warming up some pizza.
Video game consoles make your microwave look like an insignificant problem. According to Cracked, consoles like the XBOX One and PS4 sleep with one eye closed, always keeping something in their system awake and running to watch and listen to you, the player. Even in the middle of the night, when you’re dead asleep, your console is happily slurping up power.
That’s why, even if you’re just a casual gamer, you should make sure your console is disconnected from the outlet when you’re done with it. Or that you have it connected to a surge protector with a simple on and off switch. Because this entertainment system may be one of the biggest energy sinks in your house, even when you’re not using it.
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