I hope this morning you’ve all heard about European Union’s [legislation due to be agreed on in spring ’09 expected to ban energy-guzzling electronics](http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1112110/Energy-guzzling-plasma-TVs-banned-Brussels-eco-blitz.html).
###But what do you think about it?###
I am personally a big fan of bans on standby modes. Standby modes are the biggest energy guzzlers using vampire energy when the machine is not in use.
**Standby more has it’s perks:**
– Quicker startup time
– Remote startup (using a remote control device)
**But really**? Yes, I pay for my electricity – even my wasted electricity but I support banning these wasting modes because many people don’t know any, let alone how much, **energy is being wasted when a machine appears to be off but is merely in a standby mode**.
I never leave my computer or laptop on standby – and my computer when not in use has it’s surge protector switch turned off to save electricity. Most time I am on my laptop which is a more energy efficient model and I always shut it down *entirely* when I am done with it.
##What do you think?##
**Do you think it’s right for any government to ban energy wasting electronic appliances or to ban energy wasting standby modes?** I want to hear from you!
Checkout the [Big Green Switch](http://www.biggreenswitch.co.uk/around_the_home/standby-button) for more information about switching your machines power off instead of leaving standby mode dormant.