- Federal agencies are required to purchase products as designated or specified under this program
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Legal Requirements Lists federal requirements related to the purchase of this item, including applicable Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) requirements
Life Cycle Cost Savings
For most applications, energy-efficient computers have the lowest life-cycle cost. For example, FEMP has estimated that a typical federal agency purchasing 100 Energy Star-qualified desktop computers with power management enabled could save $12,400 in energy costs over the life of the computers, compared to less efficient computers. Note that much of the savings comes from proper use of power management features: FEMP has estimated that purchasing the same 100 computers without enabling power management features could save the agency $4,600. Additionally, EPA has estimated that 100 Energy Star-qualified computers could avoid 11,800 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.
Contributes to meeting The Guiding Principles for High Performance and Sustainable Buildings
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.
Version 6.1 of the Energy Star standard for computers applies to Desktops, Integrated Desktops, Notebooks, Slates/Tablets, Workstations, Portable All-in-ones, Small-Scale Servers, and Thin Clients.
Slate-style tablets are also now eligible for registration in EPEAT.