ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices.
EPEAT, which stands for Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool, is an easy-to-use, on-line tool helping institutional purchasers select and compare computer desktops, laptops and monitors based on their environmental attributes. As of June 2007, approximately 532 products manufactured by 19 manufacturers were EPEAT registered and listed on the EPEAT Product Registry Web page.
Three good reasons to purchase Energy Star and EPEAT products:
- It reduces greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants caused by the inefficient use of energy. Also improvements in equipment operation and end-of-life management practices.
- It makes it easy for consumers to identify and purchase energy-efficient products that offer savings on energy bills without sacrificing performance, features, and comfort.
- It provides clear, consistent procurement criteria so that consumers can promote environmental stewardship with their dollars. Every time someone buys a product that’s a part of the EPEAT or Energy Star program, they’re helping give manufacturers an incentive to produce greener electronics that are less harmful to the environment.
Check out the EPA web site for more information about EPEAT.