United States
Environmental Protection
Air and Radiation
EPA 430-N-94-010 a
September/October 1996
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For more information
on the Energy Star® Office
Equipment Program
please contact:
Energy Star®
Office Equipment Program
U.S. EPA (6202J)
Washington, DC 20460.
Phone: In the U.S. Call
Toll-Free: 1-888-STAR-YES
Outside of the U.S. Call:
202 775-6650
Fax: 202 233-9575
E-mail: fanara.andrew
@epamail. epa.gov
Automated Faxback Line:
202 233-9659
Via Internet:
Switch Off
New Zealand's Energy Efficiency and
Conservation Authority (EECA) has
recently launched a nationwide
campaign to reduce commercial
electricity consumption by
encouraging PC users to turn off
their equipment when it's
not in use. The
campaign, which is
appropriately called
"Switch Off," informs
consumers that they can
help reduce environmental
problems and save money by
turning off equipment when away
from their desks. While the main
message is to turn off PCs, the
campaign also conveys two other
ideas: 1) Buy Energy Star®
compliant products and make sure the
power management features are
enabled; and 2) Switch off other
equipment, such as printers and
copiers, after consulting with the IT
(information technology) manager.
The campaign has a number of
supporters, including the New
Zealand Computer Society, the
Minister of Energy, the Minister for
Information Technology, and a wide
range of users and manufacturers.
Many of these manufacturers —
such as AST Computer, Toshiba, IBM,
Digital, Acer, Apple, and Compaq —
are Energy Star® Office Equipment
"Switching off your computer won't
hurt a bit. (Or a byte.)" EECA has
developed posters and brochures with
this catchy statement to dispel the
myth that turning a computer on and
off will damage the hard drive.
Dispelling the common myths (e.g.,
screen savers save energy, and turning
a PC on and off will damage the
internal components) is an important
part of the Switch Off campaign.
Office equipment is one of the fastest
growing areas of electricity usage in
New Zealand and many other
countries. Energy consumption to
operate office equipment currently
costs New Zealand a total of NZ$ 60
million, and this figure is predicted to
rise to NZS 100 million by the year
2000. EECA believes that if everyone
in New Zealand switched off non-
essential equipment after work,
organizations across the country
would save around NZS 20 million a
year. Reduced energy consumption
would also eliminate the need to build
additional power generating stations
and decrease the amount of C02, the
leading greenhouse gas, emitted into
the atmosphere.
For more information about the
"Switch Off' campaign, visit the EECA
home page at http://www.energywise.
The Energy Star name is a registered mark of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agenpy.

Tip of the
Send us your "tips" on how
to improve the monthly
Energy Star Compliant
Product Listing. Any ideas
to help us make the listing
more useful for customers,
dealers, and others would
be appreciated. For
example, we are
considering automatically
deleting product models
after a certain period of time
(e.g., six months, one year,
etc.) in the database. Please
forward any suggestions
about the Product Listing or
product reporting forms to
the Program Manager
(fax: 202-233-9575 or
e-mail: fanara.andrew®
In The Spotlight
Pitney Bowes and Energy
Star®: Video News Release
"Offices: Out of the Red — And Into the
Green" is the title of an upcoming video
news release from Pitney Bowes that
promotes Energy Star® compliant fax
machines. The video news release is
currently in production and is expected
to be completed in early November.
This is one of many video news releases
produced by Pitney Bowes over the
years to help educate consumers
on a variety of topics.
also mention that Pitney Bowes was
named the 1996 Energy Star® Fax
Machine Partner of the Year.
In November, a copy of the video news
release will be sent to television
stations across the country. You may
even see it during the in-flight
programming on your
favorite airline.
The finished video will include
"sleeping" office equipment with
the Energy Star® label, some
facts that demonstrate the
environmental and economic
impact of wasted energy, and a brief
description of the sleep mode. It will

NUTEK Seminar
In September, two EPA Energy Star®
staff members traveled to Stockholm,
Sweden to attend the NUTEK
International Seminar on Energy-
Efficient Office Equipment and Home
Electronics. The three-day seminar
included discussions about
1) the energy savings potential of office
equipment, 2) the evolution of energy
efficiency policies and programs, 3) the
need for international cooperation, 4)
the importance of user/buyer
awareness of energy-efficient products
(e.g., the Energy Star® label), and 5)
the future trends in technology that
will affect energy efficiency. Several
Energy Star® Partners and Allies,
including Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft,
IBM, and Novell, made presentations
during the seminar.
Seminar attendees identified some
important challenges that lie ahead for
Energy Star® compliant computers
and monitors (e.g., incompatibility
between the computer and monitor,
difficulty using the sleep mode with
some local area network hardware and
software, etc.). EPA stated that it will
work with manufacturers to address
these challenges so that the power
management features in Energy
Star® compliant systems always
function properly and thus save
energy. EPA will be talking with
Partners and Allies in the upcoming
months about the status of new
technical innovations, improved user
education, and revised program
StarBytes September/October 1996 — 2

and Utility
Circuit City
Montgomery Ward
Potomac Electric Power
Tampa Electric Company
Wisconsin Electric Power
Sacramento Municipal Utility
Pacific Gas & Electric
Southern California Edison
Other regional retailers and
Pilot Cities
Los Angeles, CA
San Francisco, CA
Sacramento, CA
Milwaukee, Wl
Tampa, FL
Washington, DC
Spreading the Word
Energy Star®
Retailer Program
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
and EPA are collaborating on the
Energy Star® Retailer Program.
Several retailers and utilities are
participating in the pilot phase of the
program, which began in October 1996
and includes six U.S. cities. (The
Partners and pilot cities are listed on the
left.) The information gathered during
the five-month pilot program will be
used to help design a national program.
Retailer and Utility Partners are
providing consumers with information
about the benefits of using energy-
efficient products, including Energy
Star® compliant refrigerators,
dishwashers, room air conditioners,
1997 Forum and Awards
Join us in Washington, DC for the
Atmospheric Pollution Prevention
Division's (APPD) Annual Forum and
Awards Ceremony. The two-day event
will be held on Monday and Tbesday,
March 24-25, 1997 at the Georgetown
University Conference Center. Award
applications and Forum invitations will
be mailed soon to all Partners and
Allies. Everyone is encouraged to
Awards for technical innovation,
outstanding outreach efforts, best
promotion, and other accomplishments
will be presented on the evening of
March 24. To be recognized as an
environmental leader, you must submit
an application by December 31, 1996.
and office equipment. Three key
elements of the program are
conducting training sessions for sales
associates, distributing/displaying
promotional materials with the
Energy Star'& label, and providing
financial incentives for purchasing
Energy Star® compliant products.
Wisconsin Electric Power Company,
for example, is offering its customers
$25 for each Energy Star® labeled
computer, monitor, printer, fax
machine, or copier that is purchased
before December 15, 1996.
The theme of the 1997 Forum is "Saving
The Earth. Saving Your Money. Smart
Business Opportunities." Morning and
afternoon breakout sessions are
scheduled for Tbesday, March 25. In
addition, we are in the process of
making arrangements for a PC/Monitor
roundtable discussion on Monday
afternoon, March 24. More information
will be provided when available.
We hope to
see you
Mark your
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Program News
Energy Star® Name
and Logo
As of October 1996, the Energy
Star® name is a registered
mark of the EPA. The complete
Energy Star® Name and Logo
Guidelines are being revised and
will be sent to each Partner
soon. Here is a quick checklist:
~	Display Energy Star in capital
letters or small capital letters
~	Insert ® after Energy Star
(i.e., Energy Star®) each time
it appears in a document,
advertisment, etc.
~	Include the registered mark
statement if you wish ("The
Energy Star name is a
registered mark of the U.S.
Environmental Protection
%/ Use the international version of
the Energy Star® logo
~	Include the disclaimer
statement ("As an Energy
Star® Partner, your company
name has determined that this
product meets the Energy
Star® guidelines for energy
New Internet Address
The Energy Star® Office
Equipment Program now has an
abbreviated Internet address:
star.html. Although the old
address (http://www.epa.gov/
html) still works, the new one is
shorter, easier to remember, and
leads the user directly to the
Energy Star® Programs and
Products page. From this point,
those interested in office
equipment can click on the icon
labeled "Office Products."
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