Energy consumption is growing exponentially.

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Did you know that when playing the latest video games on an Xbox Series X or a PlayStation 5 consoles, you consume between 160 and 200-plus watts of electricity per hour. That plus an average of 60 watts for a regular LED TV. This means, for every two hours gaming session, you will use 520 watt-hours, which will cost you or your parents about 7 cents (13 cents per kW is the average price in the United States).

Although it doesn't sound like much, when you add up all the electronics you have at home, the cents turn into hundreds of dollars a month. Not only that, but producing energy can be very costly for the environment too.

"Despite significant progress over the last decade on improving access to electricity, increasing the use of renewable energy in the electricity sectors, and improving energy efficiency, the world is still short of achieving affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all" - UN.

Can you imagine a world without electricity? For many, this is a reality.

According to the United Nations, the world may still have as many as 660 million people without access in 2030. Renewable energy sources, such as solar, wind and hydropower (water), could be the solution for the future.

Solar energy, which relies on sunlight to produce power, is one of the most accessible renewable energies in the world. The Solar Star is the biggest solar power station in the world. Head over to the UW Clean Energy Institute Youtube Channel and have a go at making a mini solar panel at home.

And maybe next time you play video games, you can think of ways to use renewable energies to power your electronics devices.

 

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Video gaming is consuming a lot of energy and becoming a nightmare for our planet. Did you know that video gaming in California U.S. alone consuming about the same amount as the whole U.S. territory?  Gaming can be bad for our world, but we can help. Keeping track of your weekly video gaming use, reducing it, and maintaining a limit can be very beneficial. Think about other strategies to reduce energy consumption at home.

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