The federal government is set to unveil new standards to limit the amount of power used by consumer electronics while in standby mode.


The energy-efficiency stand­ards would limit the amount of power consumed by televisions, CD players, computers and other electronic devices when they’ve been turned off.


The Conservatives first announced the new power consumption measures last summer, saying standby power accounts for up to 10 per cent of an average household’s yearly consumption.


It said the estimated savings would be equivalent to taking a large coal-fired power generating unit off-line.