Source: The Mercury, 2 April, 2001, p.4
AUSTRALIAN house- holds are paying an average of about $100 a year for the convenience of leaving appliances on standby power, a Choice magazine survey has shown. Conducted in conjunction with the Australian Greenhouse Office and the National Appliance and Equipment Energy Efficiency Committee, the study also highlights the creation of greenhouse gases because most of the nation's electricity is created through power plants burning fossil fuels. Choice visited 64 homes to measure the power consumption of all electric and electronic appliances - excluding fridges and hot water systems - on standby and when switched off. Appliances not performing their main task drew an average of 87 watts - more than 11 per cent of a household's total consumption. The survey showed the main culprits were televisions, VCRs and stereo systems.
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