Many studies have been done that estimate electronics energy use, but apparently none that have estimated the total for the entire sector, across all building types, for the entirety of the U.S. This paper, co-authored by EPA, fills that gap by presenting the first such estimate based on public sources: 385 TWh/year ($41 billion/year) for 2010, or 14% of buildings electricity use. A further analysis of two scenarios based on ENERGY STAR data shows likely decreases in future energy consumption.
The following paper provides more information about EPA’s process to develop new and revised specifications. It was written for the 2000 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings.
2002 marks a major milestone for ENERGY STAR labeled products, as it is a decade since the introduction of the label and the first energy-efficiency criteria for computers in 1992. To learn more about the challenges and opportunities ENERGY STAR now faces as it continues to transform markets, you may review the following paper. It was written for the 2002 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings.