Consumer electronics are seldom green
UBA booth at IFA provides info on stand-by losses in consumer electronics
The Federal Environment Agency (UBA) will have a booth at the Consumer Electronics Fair (IFA), held from 29 August to 3 September in Berlin. UBA will provide information about stand-by losses in electronic consumer and entertainment devices and how to limit the losses and save electricity. One four-person household consumes an average 3,600 kilowatt hours per year, of which 440 kilowatt hours are due to stand-by losses alone. ‘Stand-by’ means when electronic equipment is ”off”-supposedly. In other words, it costs 90 euros per year for devices that are not in operation. ”The IFA is projecting itself as environmentally aware, for ”going green” is in fashion, and it sells well. Yet not everything that looks ecological actually is. It pays to take a closer look when purchasing new goods so as avoid unpleasant surprises when the next electricity bill comes”, said Dr. Thomas Holzmann, Vice President of UBA.