In the past days, many consumers could simply unplug their appliances and go on holidays, assuming that their electricity meter would just stop. Standby power is a power consumed by an appliance when switched off or not performing its primary functions. Standby power consumption provides good oppourtunity for reducing both energy consumption and green house gas emissions. Through co-operation among governments, industry and consumers and the co-ordination of international policies, standby modes can be made more efficient, thereby reducing the overall demand for power . In this paper, standby power consumption of various domestic appliances was determined using an energy cost meter. The experimental results shows that the standby power of various house hold electrical appliances is consuming more electricity during standby mode.

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