Energy efficient laptops or PCs are computers that meet EPA’s ENERGY STAR efficiency requirements. ENERGY STAR labeled computers offer energy savings in three distinct operating modes: standby, active, and sleep. ENERGY STAR power management features place computers (CPU, hard drive, etc.) into a low-power “sleep mode” after a designated period of inactivity. Low-power modes reduce the spinning of the hard disk, which decreases power consumption. ENERGY STAR labeled computers also have a more efficient internal power supply than other less-efficient counterparts.
Energy efficient computers use less energy, thus lower electricity costs for the businesses and lower CO2 emissions. EPA estimates that over the next five years, the updated ENERGY STAR labeled computers will save American businesses and consumers $1.8 billion in energy costs, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to the emissions from 2.7 million cars per year.
- Read more about the benefits of using energy saving laptops or PCs.
Challenge Participants Currently Adopting This Practice
- BioMed Realty Trust
- Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
- The Colonnade Hotel
- Da Mat Laundry Services
- Farley Funeral Home
- Federal Reserve
- Foley Hoag LLP
- Friends of Post Office Square
- Holliday Fenoglio Fowler LP
- John Hancock/Manulife Financial
- Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance
- Massachusetts Convention Center Authority
- Meister Consultants
- Nixon Peabody
- Nutter, McClennen & Fish, LLP
- Peabody Office Furniture
- Putnam Investments
- Sheraton Boston
- Tsoi/Kobus & Associates
Financing Options, Incentives, And Rebates
- 80PLUS Incentive Program: Energy-Efficient Office Electronics
Examples of Energy Efficient Laptops or PCs Use in Universities and Offices
- ENERGY STAR Case Studies: Yale University, North Thurston Public School, BC Hydro, and Cisco Systems.
A Sample of Manufacturers/Distributors of ENERGY STAR Labeled Laptops or PCs
In The News
- “Saving Enough Computer Energy to “Toast 188 Slices of Bread” The New York Times, January 2010
- “How to Find the Most Energy-Efficient Laptop Available” The Washington Post, July 2007