MEPS-Microwave (Standby)

Last updated: 5 November 2017
More than 95% of US households own a microwave. DOE identified several technology options that could reduce power consumption in standby mode including lower-power display options; cooking sensors with no standby power requirement; improved power supply and control board options; and automatic power-down. Adding an automatic power-down element, which turns off most power-consuming components after a period of inactivity, can allow for achieving standby power levels of less than 1 watt.

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End uses covered
  • Building end-uses
  • Appliances
  • Cooking
  • Plug loads