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Limit standby Power to 1 Watt
Increasingly we are surrounded by electrical appliances in 'standby mode' : computers, fax machines, video recorders, printers, copiers, microwave ovens and many other machines. They sit quietly, doing nothing except awaiting our instructions. But did you know that machines in standby mode are consuming a growing share of the electricity generated in your country - often as much as 5% already? It is costing your citizens millions of dollars, and it is adding hundreds of millions of tons of carbon dioxide to the global emissions that are heating our planet and disrupting our climate.
Without causing consumers any inconvenience at all, parliamentary action now can significantly reduce these financial and environmental costs. This Parliamentary Tool Kit, produced by the e-Parliament Climate and Energy Network, explains how it can be done. There is no need for international treaties. All that is needed is an initiative in your national parliament or congress.