News from the IEA – Powering down to save energy need not be a turn-off

Energy in Demand - Sustainable Energy - Rod Janssen

eid2o-02After success of its 1-watt initiative, IEA turns to “smart” appliances’ power consumption in network standby

Less than a decade ago, televisions in homes around the world consumed significant electricity whether they were turned on or off. But in 1999 the IEA spearheaded the  “1-watt” initiative that led to the average new television’s standby consumption falling from about 5 watts to half a watt, saving energy for countries, money for consumers and carbon from the atmosphere.

After manufacturers developed “instant-on” televisions in the late 1960s, the trend toward standby defaults in consumer electronics spread, and soon “inactive” machines were drawing 10% of total residential electricity consumption. Even as the number of such devices mushroomed, though, new low-power technologies reduced the share of the electricity used in standby modes.

But the recent development of “smart” appliances and other devices that connect to the Internet has created a new challenge.

As homes…

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