Save Money with Energy Star Consumer Products
If you are considering purchasing home office electrical equipment, electronics, home appliances, or other electrically powered products, look for the Energy Star label. The typical U.S. household currently spends $1400 a year on energy costs. Using Energy Star labeled products can save you as much as 30% or more than $400 per year.
To earn the label on products, manufacturers must meet strict energy efficiency guidelines established by the federal government. For example, Energy Star qualified appliances use 10-50% less energy, and water, when applicable. When buying electrical powered consumer products be aware there are two price tags: the purchase price and the price to operate it./P>
Energy Star qualified office equipment saves energy by entering a low-power "sleep" mode when not in use. Any action such as the movement of the mouse, a keyboard stroke, an incoming message, fax, or print job will automatically reactivate the equipment. Energy Star labeled computers power down to 15 watts or less when not in use. Spending a large portion of time in low-power mode helps the equipment to last longer. Energy Star labeled monitors use up to 90 percent less energy than those without power management features. They power down to 15 watts or less when not in use.
Energy Star labeled consumer electronics use up much of their energy when they are turned off or in standby mode versus the "active mode". Therefore Energy Star labeled consumer electronics save energy whether they are being used or not. Energy Star labeled TVs require three watts or less of power when switched off, by comparison to conventional TVs which use up to 12 watts. Energy Star labeled VCRs and DVDs require less power when switched off, as compared with conventional models. TV/VCR combination units use an average of 25 percent less energy when switched off compared to traditional models.
Energy savings add up quickly. Selecting Energy Star labeled products will provide long term savings. In addition to the energy savings, Energy Star also helps protect the environment by reducing air pollution and global warming connected with energy production. The Energy Star label is now represented on more than 30 product categories. Visit the Energy Star website at http://energystar.gov to learn more about these products.