Electricity-guzzling plasma TVs to be banned

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Energy-guzzling plasma TVs are likely to be banned under new European Union (EU) legislation due to be agreed this spring.

The TVs reportedly use up to four-times more electricity than regular cathode ray tube TV sets and are responsible for four-times as much carbon dioxide.

Under the new EU standards, the most inefficient models will be phased out, while other TVs will have to carry energy rating labels.

Commenting on the move, a spokesperson for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs stated that environmentally-friendly plasma TVs are likely to stay on the market.

Last week, 100 watt light bulbs were withdrawn as part of a drive to slow electricity consumption and save energy in homes.

Meanwhile, Alex Wissener-Gross, an environmental fellow at Harvard University, recently claimed that conducting two Google searches costs the same as boiling a kettle for a cup of tea in terms of the electricity used.

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