Thinking about going green through energy consumption? If you're big on console gaming throughout the year, you may not be doing much of that with those intense gaming sessions of yours in front of the HDTV depending on how long you play.
The folks at E Source have compiled a handy chart of the average energy consumption for many major console platforms throughout the years, including their earliest and most recent hardware revisions.
All major platforms enjoyed increased energy efficiency through their newer models, and some improvements proved quite dramatic. Unfortunately, even in 2010, the average annual energy consumption for console hardware was still relatively higher than some unlikely household appliances. E Source cites an EPRI (Electric Power Research Institute) report:
"…the EPRI study estimates average energy consumption for a typical 'heavy' console user (a heavy user is assumed to spend a little under six hours per day using the game console, and is estimated to represent about 75 percent of users). The researchers calculated the average annual consumption for the 2010 models of three major consoles: 29 kilowatt-hours (kWh) for a Nintendo Wii, 178 kWh for a Sony PlayStation 3, and 184 kWh for a Microsoft Xbox 360. To put this into perspective, a typical clothes washer uses a little over 100 kWh annually…according to data from the U.S. Department of Energy."
To be fair, we'd be more impressed if the energy draw for 2010 console hardware topped that of, say, clothes dryers (which are a heckuva lot more power hungry!).