us: New EPA Energy Star Specs Raise The Power-Efficiency Bar For PCs

Chances are really good that your energy efficient PC isn’t considered energy efficient right now.New EPA Energy Star specifications for desktops, notebooks, and workstations that went into effect last Friday raises the energy efficiency bar significantly for the first time in 11 years.Before last Friday, most PCs, notebooks, workstations, and other products falling under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s category for “computers” met the old Energy Star specifications, which included only two requirements — having a sleep mode and a power-down function.But with a number of new Energy Star specifications that are in effect right now — including requirements pertaining to the equipments’ power supplies — only about 20% to 25% of desktops and other computers sold today meet the more rigorous standards, said Katharine Kaplan, Energy Star product development manager for IT and consumer products, in an interview.

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