Score Big Energy Savings with Your Game Console

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Is your family having fun with the newest video game consoles? They have some advanced features, such as voice control, gesture recognition, live streaming, and others. However, it’s important to be aware that these features draw power, even when your family isn’t using them. Luckily, you can reduce your console’s energy use and still enjoy the newest and most exciting features.

Turn On Settings that Save Power

Disconnect the Xbox Kinect When You Aren’t Using It

The Xbox Kinect accessory uses up to 14 watts of electricity when you are using the game console, even if you aren’t using Kinect. Save electricity by disconnecting Kinect when you don’t need it.

games-2453777 325x217.jpgTurn Off the Controllers

The controllers of the PS4 can be programmed to turn off when not in use or to be set to turn off after 10, 30, or 60 minutes. Or, simply turn off your controllers when you’re finished, just like you would turn off the lights when you leave a room.

Keep Your Software Up-to-Date

Some software updates are designed to help save energy. For example, after the release of a software update, the PS4 now powers down automatically and the USB ports reduce their energy use by 65 percent once the controllers are fully charged.

HDMI-Port-325x209.gifPlug Your Game Console and Cable Box into Separate HDMI Ports

Running your cable box through your game console requires the console to consume energy, even when you are not playing it. Instead, connect each device into a different HDMI port so that you can turn them off when they are not in use.

Don’t Stream Through Your Game Console

There are many devices for streaming video content including game consoles. However, game consoles are the least efficient choice, using more energy than a digital media player (such as an Apple TV or Roku), smart TV, tablet, or laptop.

Need help with the energy-saving settings on your console? Check out the ENERGY STAR website for instructions.

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