ENERGY STAR® Office Equipment
What Is the ENERGY STAR® Office Equipment Program?
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency created
the ENERGY STAR® Office Equipment Program to promote the purchase
and use of energy-saving office equipment. Office equipment accounts for
approximately 7% of energy use in the commercial sector and is the business
world’s fastest growing electric load. By using equipment with improved
power management systems, such as machines that shut off when idle and
automatically reduce unattended equipment energy use, energy savings as
high as 75% can be realized.
How Can This Improve Air Quality?
Lower energy usage reduces the levels of fossil
fuels burned at power plants, which, in turn, reduces the levels of air
pollutants that negatively impact ozone. Reducing wasted energy from office
equipment and lowering energy usage translates into fewer nitrogen oxide,
carbon dioxide and sulfur dioxide emissions into the environment, which
improves air quality. Lower heat levels from office equipment creates
a more comfortable office space and can further reduce energy costs.
Who Should Participate?
Anyone purchasing office equipment – from
a large corporate setting to a small home office -- should participate
in the ENERGY STAR® Office Equipment Program and join Clean Air Counts!
Where Can I Get More Information?
For more information about the ENERGY STAR®
Office Equipment Program, visit our website at www.cleanaircounts.org/strategies.
You’ll find links to other useful websites as well as information
about participating in any Clean Air Counts initiative and the reporting
requirements for each.
Why Should You Participate In the ENERGY STAR® Office
Benefits of participating in the ENERGY STAR® Office Equipment
• Reduced nitrogen oxide, carbon dioxide
and sulfur dioxide emissions into the environment.
• Improved regional air quality.
• Reduced energy waste.
• Lower heat levels for a more comfortable working environment.
• Lower energy costs.
• Improved electrical system reliability.