The European Commission has proposed a draft regulation to implement measures to reduce electric power consumption deriving from standby functions (such as remote control activation of a television set) and off-mode losses (occurring when a product cannot be switched off completely when providing no service or function). The draft regulation is one of the main priorities of the Commission’s Action Plan on Energy Efficiency. Technical solutions are frequently not applied, mostly due to possible additional costs for the manufacturer. Nonetheless, a slightly higher purchasing price ultimately benefits the user because the overall life cycle cost, namely the purchasing cost plus the costs involved in operating the product, is reduced.