Electrical Consumption and Standby
We measure electrical power usage during operation and standby on a range of products.
Did you know that a limit of standby power usage for domestic products has now been made law?
If you are a manufacturer or a distributor of domestic products, it is your responsibility to ensure compliance.
The requirements in summary:
In order to assess your own product you must have the calibrated equipment required to meet the requirements of EN62301 (Household electrical appliances - Measurement of standby power). This requires:
- Stabilised supply with 1% for voltage and frequency
- Supply waveform harmonics not to exceed 2%
- Power measurement accuracy ≤ 0.01W (at 95% confidence level)
- Test room at 23C and ≤ 0.5m/s air speed
OR we can do it for you, providing you with an independent report stating the consumption.
In 2005, an estimated 47TWh corresponding to 19 million T of CO2 was used on domestic products in the standby mode.This directive is estimated to save 35TWh by 2020 (equivalent to 14 million tonnes of CO2).
For more information see Commission Regulation (EC) no.1275/2008 and the working document Draft Guidelines accompanying Commission Regulation (EC) no. 1275/2008.
Who is this for?
Manufacturers and distributors of domestic products.
What to do next
Please contact us for more information.
We measure electrical power usage during operation and standby on a range of products. A particular example is the Energy Saving Recommended Test Method for gas boiler electrical standby power consumption.