Energy-Saving Ideas for the Game Room

27 January 2017
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Whether you have a dedicated room for gaming or whether you use a specific area for your console and related equipment, the electronics involved in this endeavor have specific needs and specific energy requirements. But that doesn't mean there's nothing you can do to keep energy requirements down. In addition to doing normal things like replacing lighting and insulating the windows in your room, you can enact some techniques specifically related to your gaming equipment that can help you save energy and consequently save money on your electric bill. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

1. Use power strips

Using power strips can cause a temptation to have too many things plugged into the same socket and all operating at once, so you'll have to be careful there because that can be a fire hazard. But if you use power strips, you can easily switch them off when you're not using the devices in the area, keeping them from sucking power from the wall while they're not in use. 

3. Change defaults

You may be able to set your gaming console to an energy saving mode that doesn't keep it on standby all the time but instead allows it to actually turn off. Look for this in your device's settings. Then, even if you don't have the power strip switched off, your console can be turned off when you're not using it. It may take a few extra seconds to start up, so you'll have to think a few seconds ahead when you're planning to do some video gaming.

4. Use something else to watch videos online

Sure, you can watch videos online with your gaming console, but did you know that doing so really eats up the electricity? It's much more efficient to access those online videos some other way, like on your computer.

These tips can help you intelligently plan your video gaming area to reduce energy waste and make your video gaming all the more eco-friendly. And if you want to make your game room even more eco-friendly, throw out (or, ideally, recycle) your remote control batteries and switch to rechargeables. You may need to invest in a battery charger, but in this day and age, it's easy to get one used if you don't want to make the minimal investment  that buying a new one will take. Plus, buying used is green because it keeps things out of landfills and reduces the demand for new manufacturing!