TLDR – turn off your games PC and you could buy another game each year.
Working for a software company that saves people money off their power bill it is hard not to think about how I can save some dollars at home using what we learn.
My coworker Geoff and I have been taking power meters home to see what the true cost of PC gaming is. Not just the outlay for hardware and software but what the day-to-day costs really are. This series of posts will help PC gamers do our bit for the environment and save some cash at the same time.
Before you can figure out how to save some money you first have to know how much you are spending. Both Geoff and I play every day and both have decent enough PCs. Using power meters borrowed from work we measured some baseline power numbers for our current games of choice.
|Machine||Power State||Watts||KWH||Dollars Per Hour|
|geoffstacks||In game D3||269.51||0.2695||$0.0296|
|mbafk||In game DOW2||157.70||0.1577||$0.0173|
If you assume a 20 hour a week habit and using $0.11 a KWH. Actually playing costs Geoff $30.83 a year and me $18.04. Not too shabby if you think about it in dollars per hour.
As I am sure you have guessed the point here is what happens when we are not playing games. Talking to people I know, we gamers seems to fit into two camps: 1) Turn off the monitor but leave the PC on. 2) Turn off the monitor and shutdown or sleep the PC.
If Geoff leaves his machine idle (but does turn off his monitor) when he does not play it costs him $66.66 a year more than if he turned off the system.
If I did the same, in one year it would cost me $45.05 extra.
I don’t know much about Diablo 3 but $45 will buy you a whole lot of pointless DLC skins for Dawn of War 2. But seriously folks, turn off your PC when you aren’t using it. The environment will thank you and so will your wallet.
If you’re interested in what your own power consumption looks like over time, you should sign up for a free Granola Enterprise account.