According to a study by Australian consumer group Choice, video game consoles such as Sony Playstation 3 consumes five times more energy than a medium sized refrigerator.
They found out that a medium sized refrigerator of about 12 cu. ft. volume (60 inches in height) will cost $50 a year while Sony Playstation 3 will cost $250 a year even if it is not in use and only turned on. Microsoft XBox came second behind Playstation 3.
Choice is the largest consumer organization in Australia with over 200,000 subscribers.
Study showed that apart from game consoles, Plasma televisions consume four times more energy than a traditional analogue set. Incredibly, the Playstation 3 consumed over ten times as much power as the Nintendo Wii.
The average desktop PC, with out monitor came third in terms of energy consumption. It is interesting to note that Apple iMac with a built-in display, consumes just two-thirds of the energy consumed by a monitor-less PC.
The LCD computer monitor tested was found to be far more energy efficient than it’s CRT predecessor. The CRT used more than double the power of the LCD display. Devices on stand-by mode costs just $15 a year.
According to Choice spokesman Christopher Zinn:
While we hope no one actually leaves their games console on for a whole year 24/7, the figures are indicative of just how much electricity these small devices can chew their way through.
He further said that computers and computer products should be subject to the energy rating star system to help consumers choose energy-efficient models. Click here to see energy consumption chart.