Well done to the Tories for proposing something from one of their policy groups that is sensible, achievable, and isn't all about trying to give well of people tax cuts.
The Tories have proposed getting rid of the functionality that allows your TV to sit in your living room on "standby", with it often using as much as 60% of the electricity it would use even if it were turned on.
It seems crazy that standby can not be got rid of completely. I saw on BBC2's Dragon's Den last year two people who had invented a simple device that would allow the "Standby" button to be replaced with something that would turn off the device completely, but due to the sort of red tape problems that were involved patents and copyrights, the device never got the launch the entrepreneurs on the show wanted, and so the product has never hit them market.
It needs government to have a real desire to legislate to get rid of standby. With 2.25% of this country's electricity use being TV's, videos, DVD's and set top boxes on standby, in effect, not being used, the Tories are right to propose the banning of "standby".
I read the Jock Coats, another Lib Dem blogger has criticised the Tories for announcing this policy as their own because the government made similar statements about Standby buttons 13 months ago. The problem is, as I see it, that like much of Labour's policy announcements, this has been ignored. Hopefully the Tories agreeing with Labour on this and taking some of the limelight, it might encourage Labour to actually do something about it.