Neoseeker : News : EPRI: Console hardware used more energy than clothes washers in 2010
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Crafter Jun 16, 11
Washing machines don't run for six hours every day or consist of multiple units that seperately draw current. This isn't exactly an even comparison, but it is nice for people to know roughly how much energy their stuff converts without having to meter it.
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RaidenXS Jun 16, 11
but isn't it a comparison of wattage?
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jbh Jun 16, 11
Wattage is how much power it uses in an hour. To achieve 150 watts you'd have to use it for 7 hours. Correct?
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Rabla Jun 16, 11
Woo, Nintendo. Saving the Planet.
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TLH Jun 16, 11
Watt is the power amount an item needs to run. To go from Watt to kWh divide Watt/1000. With kWh you can multiply by the hours per day and then number of days per month and then months per year to get total kWh a item uses annually. Then with the final kWh number after you factor in time of use, you can multiply by your electric rate. My rate is around .13 per kWh so that old PS3 would cost me about 14 dollars per month if I ran it 24/7 or 168 dollars per year. Using the article average hours of play an average person would pay around 23 dollars per year for gaming on a PS3. But then there also some extras like the power for controller these days and a killer entertainment system.
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TXL Jun 16, 11
It's good to see that new models for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consume less energy than their launch models...

Having said that, more need to be done by the console giants, such as the ommission of 'power off' button in new PlayStation 3 models encourage users to leave on stand-by mode instead of shutting down completely, thereby also promoting higher energy bills (even in Stand-by mode) for gamers...

So, I'd suggest all consoles must incorporate 'shut down' or 'OFF' button rather than forcing gamers to leave on stand-by mode...(of course, we can shut down from power source but I'm lookin at you PS3 )...
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THM Jun 16, 11
I don't know about in other countries...But in Australia, energy bills are rising a million times faster than the inflation rate...So, I might reduce my gaming time!!!!!

Plus Carbon Tax in the near future...gamers in Australia will have a damn hard time to pay energy bills!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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MurDocINC Jun 17, 11
I bet my gaming pc sucks more juice than all three consoles, But i get 3X the graphics.
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Hellfire29 Jun 18, 11
So that's about 2070 hours or so over the year, an average of 5.6 hours a day. I would of thought the average would be much lower than that.
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