Plasma screens 'to be banned in EU'

Energy-intensive plasma screen TVs could be banned by EU legislation designed to combat rising electricity consumption.

The devices, which use up to four times more energy than traditional cathode ray tube televisions, could be forbidden as new "minimum energy performance standards" are drawn up by the EU, reports the Independent on Sunday.

As televisions get bigger, the amount of energy they use has been increasing, with the Energy Saving Trust claiming that over the past 30 years, electricity required to power TVs has more than doubled.

With electricity bills increasing, households seeking to make energy savings and cut their costs are urged to use energy saving products as well as use them more efficiently.

According to the newspaper, LCD technology, which can be used in screens as big as plasma, has a significantly lower energy consumption.

Among the measures recommended are turning off all electrical appliances at the plug when they are not in use and discontinuing the use of the standby power function.

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