Consumer electronics include electronics used for entertainment, office equipment, or telecom. As the number of these electronics per household increased in recent years, so too has the energy use in this sector. Standby power (power that the electronic device is using while not performing its main function) is one of the main areas targeted for efficiency improvements. However, because the amount of time that people spend using these electronics has been increasing, the “active mode” energy use is becoming a larger concern.
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