Home appliances "wasting" electricity

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Electronic entertainment equipment in Germany uses as much electricity as a town of 700,000 people, according to a report by Öko-Institut, an environmental research organisation based in Freiburg. Over 95% of the 4.8 billion KWh consumed annually could be saved if better technology was used for appliances that are commonly left in stand-by mode when not being used, such as televisions, video recorders and radios. "Switching off would certainly be the simplest solution," says Dr Volker Strubel of Öko-Institut, but the blame cannot be placed solely at the door of consumers. In a report just published, the Institute calculates that the electronics industry could cut electricity consumption by appliances in stand-by mode from 10 Watts to less than 0.5 Watts each, reducing German carbon dioxide emissions by 3 million tonnes annually. "The electronics industry is tackling this problem in a piecemeal way, " the report concludes. "Producers must be made more responsible."

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