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

A computer that provides services and manages networked resources for client devices (e.g., desktop computers, notebook computers, thin clients, wireless devices, PDAs, IP telephones, other computer servers, or other network devices).

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  • Federal agencies are required to purchase products as designated or specified under this program
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Enterprise Servers
Small-scale Servers
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 servers have the lowest life-cycle cost. For example, EPA has estimated that standard computer servers can consume between 1,200 – 8,600 kWh annually. Purchasing Energy Star qualified servers could save as much as 1,000 kWh annually per server, or as much as $500 in energy costs per server over a five-year lifetime.

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. 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

Version 6 of the Energy Star standard for computers applies to small scale servers.

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