The true cost of Christmas


14 December 2006 — Reigate (UK): Canon has unveiled research that shows the true environmental and cost impact of not completely turning off office equipment over the Christmas period.


The research shows that the amount of energy used by office equipment left on standby is 43.6m KwH, enough to roast 4.4 million turkeys, microwave 268 million mince pies or power up more than 350,000 standard Christmas tree lights for ten days.


The cost of that wasted energy equates to £8.66m ($17.7 million) wasted in unnecessary electricity bills by businesses.