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Energy: Billions of devices sitting idle in “standby” mode waste vast amounts of energy. What can be done about it?
STRANGE though it seems, a typical microwave oven consumes more electricity powering its digital clock than it does heating food.
For while heating food requires more than 100 times as much power as running the clock, most microwave ovens stand idle—in “standby” mode—more than 99% of the time. And they are not alone: many other devices, such as televisions, DVD players, stereos and computers also spend much of their lives in standby mode, collectively consuming a huge amount of energy.
Moves are being made around the world to reduce this unnecessary power consumption, called “standby power”.
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