Computers & Monitors
Energy-efficient computers and displays with power management features can save money for your business or home.
A home desktop computer uses about $20 per year in electricity. Businesses that run multiple computers all day long use even more electricity, and the dollars can really add up. ENERGY STAR® certified desktops and monitors use less electricity in both standby and sleep modes. When shopping, look for the Smart Choice label—these are Efficiency Vermont’s top picks, even more efficient than baseline ENERGY STAR models. And if possible choose a laptop, which uses as little as 25% of the electricity that a desktop uses.
Reasons to Choose ENERGY STAR
In order to earn the ENERGY STAR, a computer must have power management features built into its operating system. Power management allows you to set your computer and display to go into sleep mode after a set amount of time. In sleep mode, these models use about 70% less electricity than those without power management features. In addition, monitors labeled with the ENERGY STAR are on average 25% more efficient than standard models. This results in less energy used, and lower bills for you.
- ENERGY STAR monitors are 25% more energy efficient
- Our Smart Choice label helps you find the most efficient models
- Set power management to put your computer to sleep after 5 to 20 minutes of inactivity
Where can I recycle my old electronics?
The Vermont E-Cycles electronic recycling program offers free and convenient collection of computers, monitors, printers, computer peripherals, and televisions at statewide locations. Vermont law prohibits disposal of these items in landfills.