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Video Gamers Use as Much Energy as San Diego

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Using a somewhat depressing Nielsen Co. stat from 2006, which found that heavy video gamers spend an average of six hours (!) a day blowing away digital facsimiles of space aliens and whatever else teenagers with cystic acne-covered foreheads and suffocating energy-drink habits shoot, and data from the Electric Power Research Institute, a new study reveals that the approximately 63 million Xbox, Playstation, and Wii consoles in American homes use about as much energy as San Diego does each year.

Scientific American writes:
Much of the energy use isn't even from playing video games, according to [the Natural Resources Defense Council] -- it's from the idling that goes on after the gamer has left the room. The group said idling uses about as much energy as playing.

If gamers turned off their systems when they finished playing, and if manufacturers made systems that turned themselves off when inactive, consumers would save $1 billion a year in utility bills, NRDC said.
$1 billion a year?? Why, that's enough to buy 2.5 million additional Playstations! With a little hard work and some good ol' American stick-to-it-iveness, I'll bet we can move this needle past San Diego and get up to Chicago-level by next year.

Let's roll.
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