PLASMA screen televisions which guzzle power are set to be banned under EU guidelines to curb people’s energy consumption.
In its battle against global warming the EU wants to phase out the most inefficient TVs.
A 42in plasma television uses over twice as much power as a traditional television set. Some of the larger models can take as much electricity to run as a fridge freezer.
The move has been blasted by civil rights campaigner and Daily Express columnist Ann Widdecombe. The Tory MP condemned the plans as “outrageous interference” in people’s personal lives.
She said: “We have already got the situation of being compelled to have ‘green’ light bulbs with poisonous mercury in them. First it was the light bulbs and now they are after plasma screen TVs.
“There is no climate change [global warming], hasn’t anybody looked out of their window recently?
“Our Government intervenes too much in people’s personal lives. When you can’t decide what you plug in at home it has really come to something.”
The potential ban follows last week’s withdrawal of the 100w light bulb as part of the Government’s drive to push down each household’s carbon footprint.
This spring European governments are set to agree on a mandatory EU regulation to come up with minimum energy standards for televisions, with the worst performing ones being phased out.
The Energy Savings Trust estimates that the average plasma screen uses around 822 kilowatt hours a year.