What’s The True Cost Of Being A Gamer?

If you’re one of the tens of thousands of Americans who enjoy relaxing by playing a well-designed game on your computer, it may be costing you more than you realize when it comes to energy use. According to this article, the average gaming computer uses as much power as three refrigerators.

Three refrigerators!? That’s a lot of energy being used for a hobby that many individuals partake of for less than four hours daily. The breakdown of why it’s so expensive is this;

“Gaming PCs make up less than 3 percent of installed PC equipment worldwide, but they account for 75 terawatt-hours per year of electricity, at a cost of about $10 billion. Each gaming computer uses the equivalent of about three Energy Star refrigerators. That adds up to nearly 20 percent of total PC, notebook and console energy use.”

If you’re an avid gamer who’s wondering why your energy bills haven’t declined despite upgrading your appliances and changes your habits, it may be time for you to install energy efficient motherboards, displays, central processors and power supply units. This can lessen the amount of energy you use during your leisure time, and save you a lot more on your monthly energy bills.

If you’d like to read more, check out the original article here.


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