United States
Environmental Protection
Air and Radiation
February 1997

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
(2>epamail. epa.gov
Automated Faxback Line:
202 233-9659
Via Internet:
On March 24 and 25, 1997 EPA will
hold its annual Atmospheric Pollution
Prevention Division (APPD) Forum in
Washington, DC. The '97 Forum is an
opportunity for Energy Star® Partners
and Allies to learn about new Energy
Star Programs, provide input on
current MOUs, review new
promotional/educational tools,
discuss ideas and goals with EPA staff
and other Partners/Allies, and much
As the Energy Star Office Equipment
Program has had a particularly full
year, there are many reasons why
Partners/Allies should attend this
year's Forum:
•	The Energy Star Partner/Ally of
the Year and Best Promotions
Contest Winners will be
•	There will be special detailed
breakout sessions on both PCs/
monitors and imaging equipment to
discuss future program direction;
•	An update will be given on the
Energy Star Consumer Awareness
The Forum will begin with
registration in the afternoon on
Monday the 24th. (Partners/Allies
attending Session 1 should register the
morning of the 24th.) Later that
evening there will be a dinner
followed by an awards ceremony.
Session 1: Energy Star PCs and
Monitors - Issues and Solutions
For Power Management
(March 24; 10:00-12:00 (lunch) 1:00-5:00)
New technology (from high-speed
processors to new operating systems)
is requiring changes in PC power
management. With the help of
manufacturers, EPA plans to revise
the PC/Monitor MOU to reflect the
latest trends in technology.
Partners/Allies are encouraged to
attend this session where they can
provide comments and suggestions
that will contribute to the
development of Version 3.0 of the
MOU. Discussion topics will include
overall power management, possible
changes to the computer and monitor
specifications, and ways to
communicate the benefits of power
management to end-users.
Session 2: Energy Star Imaging
Partners Working Group
(March 25; 1:15-2:45 (break) 3:15-4:30)
Manufacturers will be asked to
provide comments on revised
printer/fax testing conditions and the
new Copier Tool Kit. EPA will also
present the initial findings from the
Copier Field Monitoring Project (see
page 4) being conducted by Lawrence
Berkeley National Laboratory.
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Tip of the
REMINDER: Please let us
know if your company has
old product models listed in
the database!
Due to space constraints,
the Energy Star Compliant
Product Listing no longer
includes models that were
reported to EPA before
August 1995. By reducing
its size, we hope to
eliminate many of the
problems we've
experienced when faxing
the Product Listing (or
sections of it) to interested
customers. To avoid any
confusion, we have
included a brief note to let
purchasers know that not
every Energy Star compliant
model is listed in the
In The Spotlight
International Web Page
The next time you're on the 'Net check
out our International Web Page! The
new site includes information about
the Energy Star Office Equipment
Program's international activities. For
some time, EPA has been working with
organizations outside of the United
States that are also dedicated to raising
public awareness about the benefits of
energy efficiency and energy-efficient
office equipment. Links to these
organizations and a brief description of
their recent activities are included on
the International Web Page. To explore
the world of Energy Star, go to
Links are, provided to:
Energy Conservation Center (Japan)
Energy Efficiency and Conservation
Authority (New Zealand)
Sustainable Energy Development
Authority (New South Wales, Australia)
Swedish National Board for Industrial and
Technical Development (NUTEK)
Natural Resources Canada
The site will be updated as new
information becomes available.
Partners and Allies are encouraged to
let their colleagues and customers
know about the new web page.
Comments and suggestions are
Leaking Electricity
Many consumer electronics products
in U.S. homes and offices "leak
electricity." Televisions (TVs) and
videocassette recorders
(VCRs), for example, require
about 7 watts of electricity
when turned off (i.e., in
standby mode). This standby
power is used for three purposes: 1) to
run circuitry that detects the "on
signal" from the remote control, 2) to
operate memory circuitry that ensures
that the TV or VCR will recall the
channel, volume, and other user
settings when the unit is turned on
again, and 3) to power the VCR clock
when the unit is off. Americans spend
more than Si billion annually on
leaking electricity to power their TVs
and VCRs when switched off.
Energy consumption from consumer
electronics equipment is already one
of the largest growing areas of
household energy costs according to
official statistics compiled by the U.S.
Energy Information Administration
(EIA). Consumer electronics and
related products account
for 30 percent of
residential electricity use.
^ Televisions alone account
for 5-7 percent. The EIA
estimates that the energy required to
power consumer electronics devices
will double between 1990 and 2000
and triple by 2010.
In response to this trend, EPA is
currently seeking manufacturer
participation in the development of an
Energy Star TV/VCR Program, which
will expand the market for high-
efficiency TVs and VCRs. Anyone
interested in more information should
contact Stephan Sylvan at EPA (phone:
202 233-9307; fax: 202 233-9575).
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EPA also plans to launch an
Energy Star Scanner
Program later this year. The
final MOU will provide
energy efficiency
specifications for
mainstream home and
office scanners. All scanner
manufacturers are
encouraged to work with
EPA to develop the MOU. If
you would like to review
the latest draft, please call
the Program Manager at
202 233-9019.
Multifunction Devices
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Program will soon be expanding to
include multifunction devices (or
MFDs). EPA is in the final stages of
MOU development and expects to
launch this new program in March at
the 1997 APPD Forum. Last December,
several manufacturers met with EPA to
discuss and provide comments on
draft Version 0.6 of the Multifunction
Device MOU.
Similar to the Copier Program, the
latest draft of the Multifunction Device
MOU has two tiers. Tier 1 would be
effective later this year, lb qualify for
the Energy Star label, a multifunction
device would enter a sleep mode after
a period of inactivity. In the MOU, the
sleep mode is defined as the lowest
power state a device can automatically
enter without actually turning off.
High-speed multifunction devices
(more than 44 images per minute)
would also be preset to automatically
make double-sided copies. In 1999, the
Tier 2 specifications for multifunction
devices would supersede the Tier 1
criteria. Tier 2 MFDs would include a
low-power mode in addition to a sleep
mode. High-speed devices would also
have an automatic duplex mode for
both copying and printing.
If you would like more information
about the upcoming Multifunction
Device Program, please contact the
Program Manager at 202 233-9019.
Copier MOU Amendment
Recently, EPA distributed the official
Copier MOU Amendment to all of the
Copier Partners. This amendment
revises several specifications in an
effort to ensure customer satisfaction
with Energy Star labeled copiers. The
maximum time setting for the auto-off
feature has been extended from two
hours to four hours to provide users
with more flexibility when choosing
time settings. The maximum power
consumption (watts) in off mode has
also been modestly increased to
provide manufacturers with the
opportunity to include more features
on their copiers, such as weekly
The amendment applies to Tier 2
copier models; however, the new
specifications may be implemented in
Tier 1 products. Each manufacturer
must sign and return the amendment
to EPA before July 1, 1997 in order to
continue to participate in the program.
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Program News

Kicking Off TWo New
Projects in 1997
Copier Tool Kit• This Kit will
provide communication
materials that Partners can use
to educate their customers and
internal staff about key elements
of the Energy Star Copier
Program. The customer
education section will include
general information about
Energy Star compliant copier
features, the benefits of their
use, and guidelines for using
paper efficiently. Another
section will contain sales
training information and a
troubleshooting guide for
manufacturers to distribute to
sales and technical staff. Other
elements include sample
advertisements, articles, and
logos for manufacturers to use in
their educational endeavors.
Copier Field Monitoring Project:
The goal of this Project is to
develop a better understanding
of how customers currently use
their Energy Star compliant
copiers. This information will
help EPA to determine whether
Energy Star labeled copiers
achieve their maximum energy
savings. Lawrence Berkeley
National Laboratory staff
members are conducting in-
depth monitoring of selected
Energy Star compliant copiers to
assess overall use patterns -
energy use, job types, number of
copies per job and in total, and
paper handling. In addition, a
user satisfaction survey will be
conducted that addresses
specific Energy Star features.
The research team will also
work with manufacturers who
remotely monitor copier use
patterns to gather additional
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