It is also about $18 power use for each household per year (or about 70kg/yr of coal burnt to supply this energy). Nationally this is a huge cost and potential source of GHGs.
Doesn't sound much, but standby power is a hidden costs/energy use that mounts up quickly when one starts to add the standby of other appliances. Add PCs/TVs plugged in with the powerpoint switched on, electronic devices, clocks etc and it can easily add up to $100s per year.
Standby power is a considerable waste of the world's resources, and in Australia causes a lot more coal to be burnt.
I wonder how many anticoal Australians still burn standby power at home by not turning appliances off at the powerpoint. This is a very easy way to reduce ones own emissions.
We use close to nil as everything is turned off during the day except rhe cordless phone, one clock radio, solar hot water pump and the fridge. It is a pain to tuen off properly after use, but after a few weeks it becomes a habit and with some modifications (such as powerboards with individual switches), easy to do.