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gaming_24_7 wrote:

@all:

Yes, the WiiU is very energy-saving in Standby mode, but nevertheless: Energy which is not used, makes the world a better place.
Maybe we are just talking about 5 kWh a year for one person. But for 8 Million WiiUs the sum is 40 000 000 kWh/year.

The WiiU is very energy-saving, as you can read here: http://www.nrdc.org/energy/game-consoles/files/video-game-con...
But everybody has to reflect, when he needs energy and when he can save some.

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skywake

gaming_24_7 wrote:

Yes, the WiiU is very energy-saving in Standby mode, but nevertheless: Energy which is not used, makes the world a better place.
Maybe we are just talking about 5 kWh a year for one person. But for 8 Million WiiUs the sum is 40 000 000 kWh/year. The WiiU is very energy-saving but everybody has to reflect, when he needs energy and when he can save some.

It's still a drop in the ocean no matter how many zeros you put after it. 40GWh globally is trivially small when there are significantly bigger things you could point to. Just for context in just Australia something like 30,000GWh of energy is produced every year JUST from renewable sources of energy. And we are a small country with pretty crappy policies on renewables. Personally I'm a pretty big supporter of renewable energy and energy efficiency. Not only do I vote for it in elections and argue for it in mutliple forms but I also practice what I preach. All my lighting is LED based, I have panels on my roof, I'll use ceiling fans rather than air-con as much as I can and when I shop for tech I'll be using daily power consumption is a top priority

But for the Wii U? I don't see what the big deal is and I think you're going a bit overboard. It's on for a reason, its useful that it's on 24/7 and it doesn't use that much power. There are plenty of other things that I have running all the time that use way more power even with me pushing hard for energy efficiency. Network switches, my NAS, routers and wireless access points. Fridges? Well I can't turn that off either but it's probably one of the biggest energy guzzlers. So I think it's worth focusing your energy on the things people can do which will make a bigger impact with no inconveniences. If you go around telling people to change things which won't make any impact but are a PITA? You won't get anywhere.

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Chandlero

skywake wrote:

It's still a drop in the ocean no matter how many zeros you put after it.

A ocean consists of drops.

skywake wrote:

Network switches, my NAS, routers and wireless access points..

All these things could be turned off at night. I do that.

I don't think it's useful that the WiiU is on 24/7. But of course, you are right: That's not a big problem. I just wanted to sensitize people to save energy if possible.

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I guess this thread is not about scary sentient video game systems anymore.

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gaming_24_7 wrote:

Morpheel wrote:

I guess this thread is not about scary sentient video game systems anymore.

I'm sorry. I didn't expect such a negative response for a sensible advice. I stop now.

To be fair, you are grasping for straws. I can understand changing out your light bulbs, bumping up/down your thermostat, and choosing energy efficient products as sensible advice. Unplugging every last device you have is insanity when viewed with perspective.

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skywake

gaming_24_7 wrote:

skywake wrote:

It's still a drop in the ocean no matter how many zeros you put after it.

A ocean consists drops.

skywake wrote:

Network switches, my NAS, routers and wireless access points..

All these things could be turned off at night. I do that. I don't think it's useful that the WiiU is on 24/7. But of course, you are right: That's not a big problem. I just wanted to sensitize people to save energy if possible.

I like being able to have system updates and notifications pushed to my system. I like being able to just pick up the GamePad and fire up a game without having to even pick up the TV remote. I also like being able to have 24/7 access to the 'nets or being able to have a download run overnight. I like the way anyone on the network can play a movie without me having to turn on the right gear or fuss about.

According to the bills over the last year the house pulls around 10-13kwh/day from the grid compared to the suburb average of 18kwh. Depending on the time of the year our panels push around 1-3kwh/day excess power back to the grid out of the 4-7kwh/day it produces. So there's a good reason why I don't particularly care about a handful of kwh/year.

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Chandlero

brewsky wrote:

Unplugging every last device you have is insanity when viewed with perspective.

I have two switches which turn off most of the electric devices in the house over night. It's not insane.
But I see the point and understand that this is the wrong thread for it.

@skywake: Thanks for your answer. You have a sustainable life and I'm very happy about it. But there are many people who don't see where they waste energy. The WiiU was just a illustration. It's very likely that a person who doesn't shut down the WiiU, also doesn't turn off PC, TV, Music and so on. They are real energy users.

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