Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Feds To Set Limits On Standby Power

OTTAWA — The federal government will unveil new standards to limit the amount of power used by consumer electronics while in standby mode.
A government source said Natural Resources Minister Gary Lunn and Environment Minister John Baird will announce the energy-efficiency standards Tuesday afternoon.
The standards would limit the amount of power consumed by televisions, CD players, computers and other electronic devices.

Given how greedy some electronic devices can be, setting standards for power consumption while in stand by mode is even more important that when they're being used.

And then there's the issue of how much juice devices with big hard drives and high powered microprocessors draw. CE Pro just reported on a study that determined that a plugged-in Playstation 3 will consume nearly $250 worth of electricity in a year.

It's a little known fact that many satellite and cable HD boxes draw as much current when they're "off" as when they're "on." The little green and amber LED that tells you the devices status is pretty much a placebo.

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