EPA Issues New Computer Efficiency Requirements
EPA announced the new specifications for computers and related equipment today. On average, ENERGY STAR qualifying computer equipment will be 65 percent more efficient than conventional models. Helping to drive these savings will be requirements for improved efficiency across all modes of a computer's operation, and inclusion of highly efficient internal and external power supplies. These new specifications are expected to save U.S. households and businesses more than $1.8 billion in energy costs over the next five years and prevent greenhouse gas emissions equal to the annual emissions of 2.7 million cars. The new specifications go into effect on July 20, 2007.