Efficient Office Equipment

Electricity used by common office equipment—including computers, monitors, copy machines, computer network equipment, telephone network, printers and fax machines—makes up a significant share of the electricity used in commercial and residential buildings. Power monitoring is a common technique that decreases the amount of power consumed when the equipment is not in use. Other efficiency features such as double-sided printing can save costs and reduce the environmental costs of producing the paper.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) collaborate in the Energy Star program, a voluntary labeling program designed to identify and promote energy-efficient products to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Energy Star Web site provides useful information on thousands of these products, including office equipment.

For further information on energy efficient office equipment technologies, see DOE's Buildings Web site.