Computers & Electronics Overview 
 
For Electric Customers

Many items in the home are included in the computers and electronics energy usage category, giving us many opportunities to save energy. For example, a home office often has many items in standby mode. The standby mode uses energy, but also allows the equipment to be available right away without waiting for the item to power up. Consider how often you use items such as scanners, printers, speakers, copiers, monitors, desk lamps and changers. You can save energy by using a power strip to turn the items off when they are not in use.

Using equipment with the ENERGY STAR® qualifying label delivers substantial savings over conventional computers and laptops. To estimate your savings potential, visit the ENERGY STAR Office Equipment Savings Calculator (Microsoft Excel format).

The ENERGY STAR certified label is also found on a wide range of equipment, such as home theater systems, audio amplifiers, audio/video receivers, DVD, Blu-ray disc and CD players. Audio/video equipment that has earned the ENERGY STAR label is up to 60% more energy efficient than conventional models. Saving energy saves you money on utility bills and protects the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

According to ENERGY STAR, TVs are getting larger and can use as much energy as a standard, new refrigerator - roughly 500 kWh every year. On average, ENERGY STAR certified televisions are more than 20% more energy efficient than conventional models.

ENERGY STAR certified cordless phones, answering machines, and combination units perform more efficiently and use about half the energy of standard units by incorporating improved energy performance features such as switch-mode power supplies and "smart" chargers.

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