Why buy ENERGY STAR for the office?
When purchasing equipment for the office it usually won't do to take the cheapest off the shelf!
Compatibility, connectivity, mobility, data loss in case of blackouts and adequate performance to run your office software are just a few of the issues that need to be addressed before buying a client side PC or laptop.
Visual ergonomics and anthropometrics are essential when buying a monitor and might spell the difference between productivity and sick leave.
Speed, quality, paper and toner costs are just a few items of imaging equipment (copiers, printers, scanners, fax- and mailing machines) that need to be carefully tuned to the specific needs of the workgroup.
The ENERGY STAR database can help you with that, listing all or most of the specs of the equipment, updated almost daily. And because all the equipment meets the ENERGY STAR requirements it also guarantees a minimum level of energy efficiency. But you can also do much more....
The sections on Selecting PC systems and Imaging Equipment give you hints on purchase strategy, database and power management.
And the differences in energy consumption between the most efficient and the least efficient in the ENERGY STAR database can be huge, saving up to € 200 per workplace (see also Consumers: Why Buy ENERGY STAR) over the 5-year lifetime of the equipment. The Energy Calculator can show you that there is more to cost-of-ownership than meets the eye. More energy efficient equipment means less heat, longer product-life, lower air conditioning costs and it might even save valuable office space.
Finally, our sections on Ecoprofiles, EU Policy and EU statistics on greenhouse gas emissions show that your contribution really matters in beating Climate Change. Buying ENERGY STAR and especially the best ENERGY STAR equipment boosts the green image of your firm. Firms with a strong environmental policy may easily incorporate buying e.g. the 'Top 10 from ENERGY STAR within specific performance criteria' in their toolbox. This Green Purchasing policy, coupled with effective power management, would be a strong asset for EMAS or ISO 14000 firms. The How To Join section explains how you can become an ENERGY STAR Partner.
If you are a manufacturer of office equipment, eager to promote products meeting the ENERGY STAR Requirements, please visit the How To Join section.