Leaving appliances on standby can cost you plenty

From September, electronic appliances sold in Mexico that use a “sleep” or “standby” mode will be subject to new federal regulations.

Huge quantities of electricity are wasted each year by equipment (DVDs, televisions, stereos, computers, kitchen appliances, etc.) left on standby, studies show.  In 2007 the International Energy Agency (IEA) estimated that standby produced one percent of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions.

The new norm (Norma Oficial Mexicana NOM-032-ENER-201) will limit the amount of standby power permitted in Mexico to a maximum of two watts, depending on the device.

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