Office Equipment ENERGY STAR Compliance - An Overview
ENERGY STAR is a voluntary labelling program designed to identify and promote energy-efficient products in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Because private consumers, institutions and companies have become increasingly aware of the dangers posed to the environment by profligate energy consumption, the Energy Star Mark provides them with reassurance that the equipment they are buying has passed the strict ENERGY STAR requirements. Additionally, of course, they will save money.
And the differences in energy consumption between the most efficient and the least efficient in the ENERGY STAR database can be very large over the lifetime of the equipment. ENERGY STAR's Energy Calculator can show you that there is more to cost-of-ownership than meets the eye. More energy efficient equipment means less heat, longer product-life, lower air conditioning costs and it might even save valuable office space.
The Energy Star Program is a partnership of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), product manufacturers, local utilities, and retailers. Thanks to the co-operation between the European Union and the EPA, the EU encourages the Energy Star Mark for office products.
Office Equipment Covered by the Scheme
Computers and monitors were the first products to be labelled. The ENERGY STAR label is now on major appliances, office equipment, lighting, home electronics, and more. The EPA has also extended the label to cover new homes, as well as commercial and industrial buildings.
Office Equipment Products included in the Energy Star Scheme are