4602.0.55.001 - Environmental Issues: Energy Use and Conservation, Mar 2008 Quality Declaration 
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 28/11/2008  First Issue
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Contents >> Household appliances >> STANDBY POWER


Standby power is the power used by electrical products while they are waiting to be fully activated. It is a feature on many appliances such as televisions, computers, videos and DVD players/recorders. Standby power consumption generally accounts for over 10 per cent of Australia’s household electricity usage, generating more than 5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions per annum (AGO 2002).

Table 5.18 illustrates common non-white goods in households and the number of units that were usually switched on and ready to use. Almost one-fifth of households with televisions (18%) had three or more switched on and ready to use.

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