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Archives: Programs to Reduce Standby Power

In recent years standby power consumption has received attention from several companies and organizations worldwide. Follow these links to see what is being done to reduce standby power.

Region Organization Initiative 1998 TV Limit (W) 1998 VCR Limit (W)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ENERGY STAR® 3 4
Europe Group for Efficient Appliances (GEA) Voluntary Information Activities (VIA) 3 4
Japan Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) “Top Runner” na na

In addition, several appliance manufacturers, including Pioneer, Sony, Matsushita, Colombia and Aiwa, have all voluntarily set standby power targets for the near future.

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