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Last Updated: 09/02/19 Click to see brand name products that meet these requirements

A product whose primary function is to generate hard-copy output from electronic input. A printer is capable of receiving information from single-user or networked computers, or their input devices (e.g., digital cameras).

Product Details
  • Federal agencies are required to purchase products as designated or specified under this program
Procurement Info

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Life Cycle Cost Savings

Life Cycle Costing (LCC) aims to quantify the financial impact of a product over its entire life cycle to assist consumers in making decisions that will save them money over the long term.

For most applications, energy-efficient printers have the lowest life-cycle cost. For example, FEMP has estimated that a typical federal agency purchasing 10 Energy Star-qualified laser printers could save $2,280 in energy costs over the life of the printers, compared to less efficient units. Additionally, EPA has estimated that the same 100 Energy Star-qualified units could avoid between 400 and 2,540 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions each year.

An efficient product is cost effective when the energy costs saved over the life of the product exceed the additional upfront cost (if any) of the more efficient model. Energy Star considers both upfront costs and lifetime energy cost savings when setting required efficiency levels. Federal purchasers may assume that Energy Star-qualified products and products meeting FEMP-designated efficiency requirements are life-cycle cost effective. On its Purchasing & Procurement page, Energy Star offers MS-Excel-based calculators to estimate how much money and energy you can save purchasing ENERGY STAR office equipment products. For EPEAT-registered products, the Green Electronics Council offers a benefits calculator to quantify the environmental and financial benefits compared to standard products.

Guiding Principles
Contributes to meeting The Guiding Principles for High Performance and Sustainable Buildings
Additional Guidance

The 2015 Federal Electronic Asset Take-Back Guidance addresses the inclusion of provisions in contracts or leases for manufacturer or reseller take-back of used electronic assets.

Federal buyers must ensure that printers meet both Energy Star and FEMP Low Standby Power requirements.

By definition, all EPEAT-registered imaging equipment meets or exceeds the FEMP Low Standby Power 1-watt standby power requirement.

On September 5, 2014, EPA issued a notice to stakeholders that the scope of the Energy Star imaging equipment specification had been expanded to add large format high performance ink jet printers and multi-function devices.

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