Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and Plasma Screens Are Power Hogs

Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and Plasma Screens Are Power Hogs

Gregory Han
Jun 4, 2008

Whoa, when people say the Playstation 3 is a supercomputer, I don't think they were meaning to refer to its power consumption requirements. But a study released by consumer group Choice found that Sony's powerhouse machine "would cost almost... five times more than it would take to run a refrigerator for the same yearly period," when left on while not in use! Other top culprits out of 16 electronic devices tested include Microsoft's Xbox 360 and plasma television sets...

We keep our Apple TV, Xbox 360 and Wii completely unplgged when not in use, hoping it makes a little bit difference in energy use (and our bills), alongside unplugging everything when we travel for any longer than a day. It's amazing how much energy is being slowly used by all the appliances and gadgets in the home. It might be an interesting experiment to compare and contrast one month with everything always plugged in and one month with things only plugged in for use [CFL idea bulb turning on].

[via NY Times/Reuters]

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