Check your Xbox NOW – with simple adjustments you can save £5 a month on your energy bills

YOUR Xbox has a little-known setting that could save you money on your energy bills this winter.

The consoles’ energy saving modes reduce electricity consumption, saving you up to £5 a month in the UK

Your Xbox has a setting that can save you money on your energy bills


Your Xbox has a setting that can save you money on your energy billsPhoto credit: Getty

That could prove useful for those of us trying to tighten our wallets when the cost-of-living crisis bites.

The average household energy bill is expected to triple next winter as the UK energy price cap rises by 80 per cent

In response to skyrocketing prices, Brits are looking for new ways to reduce their electricity and gas consumption.

One option for gamers is to put their Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S consoles into sleep mode.

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It’s one of two performance modes Microsoft offers for its gaming powerhouses.

The first is Instant On, which keeps X/X Series consoles in standby mode, which consumes between 11 and 13 watts.

Instant On ensures that the console is always ready to start, so players can continue playing immediately.

In sleep mode, however, it consumes significantly more power than a Series X/S console.

When you switch to this less power-hungry mode, your console will only consume about 0.5 watts.

However, you’ll need to fully boot your console before playing each time you turn it on, a process that takes up to 15 seconds.

According to the Guardian’s UK technology editor Alex Hern, switching can save you up to £5 a month in the UK

“At current electricity prices, it will cost you £132 a year to leave an Xbox Series X in ‘standby’, its default off mode,” he said tweeted on Monday.

“Go into Settings and toggle on ‘Energy Saver’.”

PlayStations have a similar mode, but Sony’s consoles use far less power than the average Xbox.

On standby, Sony’s latest console, the PlayStation 5, costs around £4 a year, even with the latest projected price increases.

Those who bought their consoles before May 2022 will be hit the hardest, as Microsoft has since released a power saving mode for the consoles.

This higher price affects over 1.15 million people who received their Xbox console before this date.

Even if you bought the Xbox Series X before this date, don’t worry, there’s still a way to change your power usage settings.

Start your console and go to “Settings”. Under “General Settings” you should see an option for “Sleep & Startup”.

If you go here, under “Sleep Mode” you will see a drop box with two options: “Standby” or “Energy Saver”.

If you bought your console after May, Energy Saver should be the default option.

Families are feeling the pinch as the cost of living crisis worsens, with UK inflation now at more than 10 per cent at a 40-year high.

Above all, rising energy prices will put a heavy strain on households nationwide this winter.

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And pub landlords have sounded the alarm that thousands of alcoholics across the country could be forced to close their doors as they can’t afford their bills.

The jump comes as a result of the ongoing impact of Covid, combined with Russia cutting gas supplies to Europe in response to sanctions imposed after invading Ukraine.

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