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New Computer Efficiency Requirements Coming Soon

With an eye to saving U.S. households and businesses more than $1.8 billion in energy costs over the next five years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced new ENERGY STAR® specifications for computers and related equipment.

These modifications are expected to prevent greenhouse gas emissions equal to the annual emissions of 2.7 million cars.

Under the new specifications, only the most energy-efficient computer equipment will earn the ENERGY STAR label, representing the top of their class. The new requirements include improved efficiency across all modes of a computer’s operation, and require use of highly efficient internal and external power supplies.

On average, ENERGY STAR qualifying computer equipment will be 65% more efficient than conventional models. The new specifications go into effect on July 20, 2007.

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