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Computers & Office Electronics: Buyer’s Guide

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.

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.


If you’re thinking about making efficiency improvements, the Computer & Office Equipment Overview is a great place to get acquainted with the basics and your options, before you buy electronics for your home office.
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1A. Wilson, J. Thorne & J. Morrill. (2004). Home Energy Briefs: #7 Electronics. Snowmass, CO: Rocky Mountain Institute. Retrieved October 9, 2012, from rmi.org (p. 2).

This program is funded by California utility customers and administered by Southern California Edison under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission.

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