Standby Power Standards

Last updated: 5 November 2017
In June 2007, the government launched the Standby Power Advisory Committee to develop and implement awareness campaigns and provide advice to the government on activities related to standby power. Minimum performance standards for standby power use for some consumer products have been proposed, and are being implemented in two stages: the first standards requiring standby limits for consumer electronics came into effect in 2011; more stringent standards will follow in 2013. In both stages, the following products are being addressed by the amendment: compact audio products; televisions; video products. In the amendment, as of May 1, 2011, Tier 1 standards limit standby power consumption to 3 watts for compact audio products and video products, and 4 watts for televisions. These will be tightened in January 2013 as Tier 2 standards limiting consumption to 1 watt for all products come into effect.

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