For our research, we have been using the following definition:
"Standby power is the power used while an electrical device is in its lowest power mode."
Most of the data compiled and presented on this website reflect that definition. At a recent IEA-sponsored meeting, government, research and industry representatives hammered out a more general definition.
The Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) now had a recommended test procedure for measure standby power.
Definitions of "Standby Mode"
- Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) Specification (Intel, Microsoft, Toshiba; Revision 1.0, December 22, 1996)
- ENERGY STAR® labeled Home Electronics (US EPA)
- GEA Energy Label test methods (Group for Efficient Appliances)
The material found on this page is considered archival. Please visit http://standby.lbl.gov for the most recent information about Standby Power.