Call to stock more energy efficient gadgets

PUBLISHED: 13:46 07 July 2006 | UPDATED: 10:25 06 May 2010

Major electronics retailers are being called on to stock more energy efficient goods in a bid to cut carbon emissions. Household gadgets make up 30 per cent of the UK s total domestic electricity consumption, Government figures show, and rising numbers of

Major electronics retailers are being called on to stock more energy efficient goods in a bid to cut carbon emissions.

Household gadgets make up 30 per cent of the UK's total domestic electricity consumption, Government figures show, and rising numbers of television, digital set-top boxes and larger screens in homes are set to push that figure even higher.

By 2012, Defra predicts there will be 50 million set-top boxes alone in UK homes, requiring an extra 3.5 terawatt hours to power them.

Financial Secretary to the Treasury John Healey said: "Just leaving devices such as TVs and DVD players on standby at home puts up to one million tonnes of carbon a year into the atmosphere and costs households around £25 a year.

"By working in partnership with retailers, this initiative will not only help tackle climate change, it will help cut customers' electricity bills."

Retailers including Argos, Amazon, Asda, Comet, Dixons, John Lewis, Morrisons, Sainsbury's and Tesco are involved.


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