Progress on TV stand-by power

Major reductions in the stand-by power consumption of televisions are expected soon, according to Environment Minister Elliot Morley.1

Stand-by power consumption accounts for up to 8% of household electricity use in the UK, and the figure has continued to grow with the advent of digital technology - making greenhouse gas emission targets more difficult to achieve (ENDS Report 324, pp 24-26 ).

The Government's Market Transformation Programme, which has been given a brief to encourage appliance manufacturers to reduce the power consumption of their products, estimates that the 61.5 million televisions in the UK consume 38 million KWh of electricity per day. Of this, 3.3m KWh is consumed in stand-by mode.

According to Mr Morley, the MTR has been "fairly successful" in its work with manufacturers, and the Government expects that the majority of new televisions sold in the UK should soon consume around one watt of power in stand-by mode, rather than the 3-8 watts consumed by older models.

The Government's new green purchasing strategy (ENDS Report 345, p 24 ) requires Whitehall Departments to specify a stand-by power requirement of no more than one watt when buying televisions.

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