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Amendments to EU energy directives

How do amendments to EU Ecodesign directives affect existing regulations on stand by power consumption?

After publishing my post about European Union (EU) policy on stand by power consumption last week, I discovered that the EU directive it was based on had been replaced. This left me wondering whether the regulation on stand by power consumption was still applicable. …


EU policy on stand by power consumption for electrical equipment

EU regulations sets limits for the energy consumed by household equipment when it is in stand by mode and off mode. Here is a summary of the requirements.

My exploration of European Union (EU) policy on computer energy consumption got off to a disappointing start last week. This week, I have discovered the EU Ecodesign concept, and have delved into the regulations relating to stand by power consumption for electrical items. …


EU policy on computer energy consumption

EU policy on computer energy consumption includes participation in the Energy Star programme.

I have spent the last two weeks learning about the European Union (EU), and how EU policy is developed. This week I wanted to have a look at some specific EU policy. I decided to see if there was any EU policy on computer energy consumption. …


European Commission and the common EU interest

It seems that the European Commission represents the the common EU interest by proposing legislation that benefits all of the EU, not just a particular part of it.

Last week, while finding out where European Union (EU) policy comes from, I noticed the European Commission was described as representing the common EU interest. What do they mean by the common EU interest? I initially assumed the common EU interest referred to foreign affairs and trade outside the EU. …


Where does EU policy come from?

In my journey to learn more about the European Union (EU), I wanted to find out where EU policy comes from and how it is put into practice in the EU countries. I decided to start with the Europa website. Europa, I discovered, is the official EU website. …


Learning about the European Union

I want to learn more about the European Union (EU). Even from the other side of the world the EU and its policies are influential. What happens in Europe appears to influence what happens in the rest of the world. …


Green Gadgets For Dummies recommends DssW

Joe's latest book, Green Gadgets For Dummies, recommends Power Manager, Sleep Monitor, and our free Energy Schedule widget to Mac users looking to reduce their energy footprint.

Thanks to Joe Hutsko for recommending our Mac energy saving software in his latest book: Green Gadgets For Dummies. Joe is a prolific writer whose work can regularly be found in major US newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times and Washington Post. …


Power Manager and Snow Leopard (Mac OS X 10.6)

DssW Power Manager 3 works well with Mac OS X 10.6, aka Snow Leopard. As with all significant Mac OS X upgrades, we recommend you install a fresh copy of Power Manager after upgrading. This ensures all required files are available and untouched by the upgrade process. …


Power Manager and Panther (Mac OS X 10.3.9)

With the latest update of Power Manager 3, Mac OS X 10.3.9 is no longer supported. The engineering effort required to support Mac OS X 10.3.9, combined with the dwindling number of Panther users, made the decision easy for us. …


Power Manager 3.7.3 Launched

Today, we launched DssW Power Manager 3.7.3 for Mac OS X. This is a minor update to our core energy saving solution. The update is recommended for all users of Power Manager, but not essential. Power Manager 3.7.3 introduces a new implementation of our Login Window notification mechanism. …