ENERGY STAR Increases Energy Efficiency of Some of Most Commonly-Used Office Equipment
Earlier this month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized its revision to the ENERGY STAR specification for imaging products. The revision raises the bar for the energy efficiency of some of the most common and frequently used equipment in offices and businesses. By updating the performance requirements for these products, the ENERGY STAR program continues to help American consumers and businesses prevent climate change by encouraging superior energy efficiency.
The ENERGY STAR label can be found on a wide variety of imaging devices including printers, copiers, digital duplicators, scanners, multi-function devices, fax machines, and mailing machines – many with significant U.S sales. By 2014, 27 million multi-function devices (both “laser” and ink jet technologies) are forecasted to be shipped.
COOL FACTS: Products that meet the new requirements will provide significant savings to purchasers. Depending on product type and print speed, models that earn the ENERGY STAR label will use, on average, between 40 and 55% less energy than standard models. If all imaging equipment sold in the United States met these new ENERGY STAR requirements, the savings in energy costs would grow to more than $178 million each year and 2.6 billion pounds of a nnual greenhouse gas emissions would be prevented, equivalent to the emissions from more than 240,000 vehicles.
To earn the ENERGY STAR label, products must be certified by an EPA-recognized third party, based on testing in an EPA-recognized laboratory. In addition, manufacturers of the products must participate in verification testing programs run by recognized certification bodies.
Products, homes and buildings that earn the ENERGY STAR label prevent greenhouse gas emissions by meeting strict energy efficiency requirements set by the U.S. EPA. In 2012 alone, Americans, with the help of ENERGY STAR, saved $24 billion on their utility bills and prevented greenhouse gas emissions equal to those of 41 million vehicles. From the first ENERGY STAR qualified computer in 1992, the ENERGY STAR label can now be found on products in more than 65 different categories, with more than 4.5 billion sold over the past 20 years. Over 1.4 million new homes and 20,000 office buildings, schools and hospitals have earned the ENERGY STAR label.
To learn more, go to: www.energystar.gov/products/detail/imaging_equipment