Jan 23, 2006
The BBC reports today that millions of TV watchers, tech-heads, and gadget freaks are costing us the earth when they put their equipment into standby rather than switching it off “properly”: TV’s ‘sleep’ button stands accused.
Apparently, standby mode is costing Britain 7TWh of energy and emitting around 800,000 tonnes of carbon a year. That’s purely wasted energy. With TV standby mode using up to two-thirds the “on” power for some TVs, the Brits might actually be “wasting” more energy than American TV users, since “it is a known fact” that Americans watch more TV.