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Stand-by to save energy.

A TOP retailer has called for the stand-by button on electrical goods to be phased out.

DSG International - who own Currys, and PC World - say consumers want more energy-efficient products.

Chief executive John Clare said energy efficiency labelling on white goods - like fridges - had sparked a change in shopping patterns.

He said a similar scheme for brown goods, like consumer electronics, could have the same effect.

He added: "We must work together to offer more energy-efficient products, phase out where possible the stand-by function on electrical products and provide energy efficiency information to users - including energy-efficient labelling for brown goods."

The Energy Saving Trust said phasing out stand-by would be a positive step for consumers in the long term.

A spokeswoman said: "Households in the UK now spend about 10 per cent of their electricity bill on stand-by power and the average household wastes pounds 37 each year by leaving appliances on stand-by."
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jun 13, 2007
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