Easy Ways to Save Energy Whilst Gaming

Video Gaming can take up a larger amount of power than you may think it will. Some gamers care about being ecofriendly when gaming, but the vast majority of people are unaware of the large impact that gaming has on the environment. It can save you cash and resources if you change some things about your habits, so if the different issues below apply to you, implement the changes recommended in this article to help save yourself money.

Here are some power eaters that you may be unaware of. Normal light bulbs in your house can use up to 100 watts whilst gaming laptops use between 450 to 1000 watts of power when running games and that is a lot of power getting wasted. If you have a CRT monitor you are wasting about another 100 watts of power on top of the computer!

Your heater and cooler waste heaps of watts for every degree you have, if you leave your heater on for about an hour, you will be using 1500 wats of power, and a cooler will use about 235 watts of power an hour. If you get cold whilst playing video games, put on warmer clothes or blankets, and if you are hot, turn on a fan.

There are some solutions to some of these problems, like using a LED light bulb. This can save 75% of electricity more than a standard light bulb would, so we would recommend buying one. Gaming laptops use an average of 200 to 300 watts of electricity per hour to run games, while desktops can require from 450 to 1,000 watts, depending on their exact specifications. If you’re gaming on a desktop, you’ll want to switch the device’s power settings to go into sleep mode when you take a break from gaming. But it will still use electricity but far less than if you kept it on. If you are not playing a game that you have running, you should quit it because it can consume a lot of energy. If you have a PC, purchasing a monitor with a high energy efficiency rating can also help—check your monitors for a dedicated eco mode you can use. Keep your air-conditioning or heating at a comfortable temperature around of 24° because each degree warmer or cooler can add up to 10% to your power bill. And besides if you have a beefy desktop, you might not even need a heater in the winter!

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Of course, there still are other things that you can do to save power in your household other than just changing how you play video games. You aren’t limited to just simply turning off things when you aren’t using them. There are many more things that you can do.Smart power strips are more power efficient than normal power strips because they can detect if all things plugged in are either on, off or on standby mode, and it turns off appliances in standby if they are not being used, like televisions, laptops or cable boxes. If you only need a small amount of light, use a lamp or spotlight instead of a main light. Only use your dishwasher when it is full and set the dishwasher to eco mode.

In conclusion, there are many ways to save power whilst gaming and in your house, and they are not all that difficult to implement into your life. Whilst there are a lot of things listed in this article, this is just the surface — there are many other things that you can do to save power in your house, these are just the easiest some of the easier ones for you to do.

Written in collaboration by Lamp, ZORXITRON and YellowThing

By YellowThing

Yellow has been enjoying playing a large variety of games for years now - from Portal to Stardew Valley, from Civilization to XCOM. Outside of gaming, he also enjoys listening to music and having a good time with his friends.

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