Readers in the UK will be well aware of the government's recent focus on energy consumption and now they're going one step further and imposing an outright ban on stand-by buttons on remote controls in a bit to save energy.
The country is hoping to switch off fossil-fuels and turn on environment-friendly methods of generating power, but shows an equal interest in saving energy around the house. According to a report, the average British household uses 8% of its total energy usage by leaving electrical devices on stand-by.
TVs, DVD players and video recorders will no longer be left in electronic-purgatory, as the government imposes harsh-but-fair tactics on electronics manufacturers. Other devices that found their way onto the end of the government's hitlist included lighting, set-top boxes, chargers, fridges, freezers, washing machines and PCs.
The government insisted that all of these devices must be re-designed with energy efficiency in mind.