Ahh, October. The best month of the year if you’re a sports fan—the NFL is in high gear, the NBA and NHL are getting underway and baseball and soccer are both in the heat of the playoffs. Is there a better time to be alive? And with today’s technology, you don’t have to miss a minute of the action, ever. But have you ever wondered just how much energy you’re burning as you follow your favorite teams—even if you’re following them all at the same time?
Baseball and radio both helped drive each others popularity in the 1920s and ‘30s, and the game’s pace and colorful vocabulary make it a natural for this medium. Catching the game on the radio uses about 3.3 watts.
Soccer is the second most popular sport with Millennials, meaning they love it almost as much as their phones. If, like them, you’re going to stream the MLS playoffs to your mobile device, you’ll want to make sure it’s fully charged, which also requires about 3.3 watts.
The NFL is the big dog of American sports, and most fans are going to watch it on the biggest screen in the house. Putting it up on a typical 50-inch, plasma television is going to use about 298 watts of electricity. Well worth it to be able to see every pebble on the pigskin.
Hockey’s fast action and confined space make it a great sport for TV, so let’s say you’ve opted to dedicate the second-biggest screen in the house to catching one of the early season matchups. At 32-inch LCD TV will use about 71 watts to deliver every check and goal.
The NBA is just getting underway, and you’ve chosen to keep an eye on your team on your trusty 15-inch laptop. All those buckets are going to drain a mere 13.3 watts of power.
While all these numbers are estimates and will vary by the specific make and model of equipment you use, the good news is, the best seat in your house is a great bargain. Modern entertainment devices are extremely efficient, so following your favorite team all month—even all season long—is only going to add a few pennies to your power bill. So enjoy the games, and may the best teams win!
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