Surprisingly, game consoles use nearly as much power when left in idle mode as when actively being played. More than 40 percent of homes have video game systems, and many of those are left on all the time.
So what can you do to make sure your video game system isn't driving up your electricity bill? Here are a few tips:
And one last note: if your system breaks down and can’t be fixed, do not throw it away. Many video game systems contain toxic chemicals, such as beryllium, bromine and phthalates. Take it to your local recycling center, or a local video game store (they may need the used parts).