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

Tips for Saving Even More

Turning off a computer and display when not in use is the best way to save energy, but it’s not always practical. After setting your power management, consider a few other easy ways to reduce electricity usage. An advanced power strip will cut down on standby power losses. Screen savers can be energy wasters, so think about disabling that feature. And be sure to close any open windows running games or videos—they can prevent your computer from entering sleep mode.

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.