ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy. ENERGY STAR is a voluntary labeling program designed to identify and promote energy-efficient products to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Computers and monitors were the first labeled products. EPA has since expanded the label to additional office equipment and residential heating and cooling equipment. The EPA has also extended the label to cover new homes and commercial and industrial buildings.
ENERGY STAR labels products in the following office product categories: Computers, monitors, displays, copiers, fax machines, mailing machines, printers, scanners, all-in-ones, and water coolers.
EPA maintains a complete list of ENERGY STAR labeled products.
According to ENERGY STAR, the following benefits may be achieved through the purchase and installation of ENERGY STAR-qualified products:
- Reduced energy use of 10-75 percent, without compromising quality or performance
- Fewer emissions of greenhouse gases, resulting from reduced use of fossil fuels
- Significant return on investment
- Extended product life (for specific products) and decreased maintenance
- Read more about the benefits of purchasing ENERGY STAR rated electronics.
Challenge Participants Currently Adopting This Practice
- Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
- Boston Properties, Inc.
- CB Richard Elllis
- Federal Reserve
- Foley Hoag LLP
- Friends of Post Office Square
- John Hancock/Manulife Financial
- Boston Copley Marriott
- Massachusetts Convention Center Authority
- New England Aquarium
- Nixon Peabody
- Nutter, McClennen & Fish, LLP
- Peabody Office Furniture
- Putnam Investments
- Sheraton Hotel
- TD Garden
- Tsoi/Kobus & Associates
Financing Options, Incentives, And Rebates
Some ENERGY STAR Suppliers and Providers
- ENERGY STAR Purchasing and Procurement: Office Products
In The News
- “Boston Back in Top 10 U.S. Cities with the Most Energy Star Buildings” EPA, March 2015
- “74% of Companies Will Invest in Energy and Sustainability in Owned Buildings” Bloomberg, November 9, 2009
- “Energy Star Buildings Cut Emissions and Energy Costs” U.S. News, June 29, 2011