Earth Day, founded by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970 as an environmental teach-in, is designed to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth's environment. But just because the day is all about nature and environment doesn't mean that gadgets are left out of the game plan. Our gizmos actually take a lot of energy to manufacture, a lot of energy to use and a lot of energy to properly dispose of them. Here's 5 cool things to know to keep your energy use down today:
We spotted these 5 facts on Retrevo and wanted to share to inspire everyone to turn off their computer when they're away at work today or to properly shut down the XBox when you're done with it.
- A stand-alone Sony Blu-ray DVD player uses a fraction of the energy of a Sony PlayStation 3 with built-in Blu-ray player.
- According to a study by NRDC, most game consoles are left powered on when the TV is turned off and continue to use more than 100 watts of energy on average.
- The Nintendo Wii uses a fraction of the power of other game consoles but the company comes in last place on Greenpeace's list of green electronics companies (which scores based on use of eco-friendly materials and waste).
- According to Energy Star, residential electricity use by consumer electronic products is responsible for approximately 15% of household electricity use.
- LCD TVs and laptops that use LED backlights use less energy and don't have mercury in their displays.