David Ford said: “I strongly welcome the findings of this report which shows that Northern Ireland is the most energy efficient place in the UK , although more must be done.
“It is clear that modern technology, such as laptops and flat screen TVs has serious implications for electricity consumption, and with that comes the threat of adding to prospect of global warming.
“This report reveals a number of staggering statistics on energy consumption. By 2020, TVs, PCs and music systems will account for 45% of electricity used in local households.
“The report also stated that if people switched off all appliances when not in use, each household will not only help the environment, but also save £37 every year. People have two real incentives to abandon the standby button on their TV, and I would encourage everyone to switch off all electrical goods to do their bit to protect the environment.”