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Imaging Equipment Specification

ENERGY STAR updated the specification for imaging equipment in April 2007. Only the market's most energy-efficient imaging products qualify for the ENERGY STAR label.

ENERGY STAR qualified imaging equipment includes copiers, printers, scanners, fax machines, multi-function devices, digital duplicators, and mailing machines. Equipment like copiers and fax machines often use more energy than other office equipment, since they are usually left on all day. By requiring efficiency standards in regular operation or in low power modes, ENERGY STAR qualified imaging equipment is expected to save consumers more than $3 billion over the next five years and prevent greenhouse gas emissions equal to the annual emissions of more than 4 million vehicles.

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Summary of ENERGY STAR Imaging Equipment Specification

Within the imaging equipment product category, there are a variety of products with various imaging technologies. The ENERGY STAR specification utilizes two different methods for assessing energy consumption: Typical Electricity Consumption (TEC) or Operational Mode (OM). Depending on the ENERGY STAR qualified product you choose, it will be qualified under either the TEC requirements or the OM requirements.

What is it?


Evaluates typical weekly energy consumption of a product across all power modes while in normal operation.


Evaluates consumption in low power modes, such as sleep and standby.
Which products are included?


Primarily, standard-sized products that use heat-intensive technology
- Includes: copiers, printers, fax machines, digital duplicators, and multifunction devices.


Primarily, products with low ready and active mode energy consumption
- Includes: standard format inkjet products; small and large format multi-function devices, printers, and copiers; scanners; and mailing machines.
Why is it efficient?


  • By measuring energy consumption across all power modes, the specification encourages manufacturers to make efficiency improvements in active and ready modes, in addition to low power modes.
  • Recognizes that many products have high energy consumption in active and ready modes and that users may disable the power management settings when in heavy use, such as in office settings.
  • Standard-sized copiers, printers, and multi-function devices include automatic duplexing, based on product speed.


  • More stringent power consumption levels for sleep modes.
  • Introduces a requirement for standby/off mode.
  • Enabled with default delay times for product to enter low-power mode.
Additional ENERGY STAR requirements
If sold with the imaging equipment, the external power adapter, external digital front end, and/or cordless handset must meet ENERGY STAR criteria.