Video game consoles, as far as consumer electronics go, are energy hogs. They are played for long stretches of time usually and consume a lot of electricity. That being said, we love video game playing, even though this older report from the National Resources Defense Council made us stop to reflect – video game consoles consume enough energy on a yearly basis that is roughly equal to the annual electricity use of the city of San Diego, California.
The NRDC, working in conjunction with a consulting firm, found the major consoles of today – Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii – consumed an estimated 16 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity per year. It was the feeling of the NRDC that if manufacturers of these gaming consoles build in more user-friendly power management features, 11 billion kWh of electricity per year could be saved as well as cutting the nation’s electric bill by over $1 billion. That certainly is a lot of extra video games one could buy.