Computers & Office Electronics: Buyer’s Guide
When choosing electronic equipment for your home office, consider ways to enjoy premium performance while still keeping energy costs down.
Look for the Logo: ENERGY STAR®
ENERGY STAR® is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.The program sets minimum efficiency standards for appliances and building products and recognizes and labels the top performing models on the market. The standards are more rigorous than federal standards, and vary by product category. A list of qualified televisions can be found online at energystar.gov.
Other Energy-Efficiency Features to Shop For
- In desktops and laptops, select models with solid-state hard drives.
- If you use a monitor, upgrade to an LCD screen, which uses only a fraction of the electricity of older cathode ray tube models1.
- Adjust the brightness setting on your monitor (look for LED backlit models) which may allow for significant reductions in energy use.
- If possible buy a smaller monitor, because smaller screens save energy. Who said bigger is always better?
- Consolidate your office equipment into a single Multifunction Machine (MFM) – a great way to save not only energy, but money and space as well. Go with a low speed MFM as opposed to a high-speed model, for additional energy savings.
Find More Info
- American Council for Energy Efficient Economy
- California Energy Commission
- Energy Guide Home Analyzer & Energy Calculators
- Home Energy Advisor
- CNET Electronics
- EPA eCycling
Places to Buy
Use & Care
Proper maintenance and use of computers and electronics in your home office will maximize efficiency measures. Learn more about Computer & Office Equipment Use & Care , where to start, and how to care for office electronics for the most savings.
1A. Wilson, J. Thorne & J. Morrill. (2004). Home Energy Briefs: #7 Electronics. Snowmass, CO: Rocky Mountain Institute. Retrieved October 9, 2012, from http://www.rmi.org/rmi/pid217 (p. 2).
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