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March 1995
Energy Star Computers Program
EPA POLLUTION PREVENTER
Star Bytes
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Energy Star Computers
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The Energy Star Purchasing
Policy
EPA POLLUTION PREVENTER
Most of you know that the entire
U.S. Federal government - the
largest computer buyer in the 
world - has committed to purchas-
ing only Energy Star computer
equipment. But did you know
that many other organizations,
from large corporations to state
and local governments, have also
made that commitment by
establishing an Eneigy Star
Purchasing Policy?
The Energy Star Purchasing Policy,
formerly called the "Letter of
Principle," is a one-page docu-
ment that allows organizations to
demonstrate their commitment to
reducing eneigy consumption,
preventing air pollution and
saving money. By signing the
Purchasing Policy, organizations
make a top-down commitment to:
1) revise their purchasing or
procurement specifications to
require that all new purchases of
computer equipment meet the
Eneigy Star guidelines, as long as
performance needs are met and
no significant cost differences
exist (For sample procurement
language, refer to the back page
of the Buyer's Guide.); 2) to
reduce the eneigy consumption of
their current stock of computer
equipment, organizations agree to
investigate the profitability of
after-market devices or software
designed to save eneigy (e.g.,
controlling devices); and
3) the Purchasing Policy
requests that oiganizations
encourage their employees to
turn off their machines at the
end of each day and also
educate them on the economic
and environmental benefits of
using Eneigy Star equipment.
If you currently have customers
purchasing Energy Star equip-
ment, urge them to formalize
their commitment by signing
the Purchasing Policy. EFH
would like to highlight their
efforts in purchasing Eneigy
Star equipment by including
their company in occasional
press announcements.
To receive copies of the
Purchasing Policy for distribu-
tion to your customers, please
call 202-233-9114. Or have
them request the "Purchasing *
Energy Star Computers" packet
from the Fax-back Line (202-
233-9659) which contains the
Buyer's Guide and the Purchas-
ing Policy Statement Please
ask your customers to forward
signed copies of the Purchasing
Policy to EPA so that we can
keep track of these commit-
ments. In addition, we would
be interested in hearing about
your own marketing efforts to
encourage customers to buy
Eneigy Star equipment.

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"Bare Bones" Systems
A number of Energy Star partid-
pants have asked us to clarify
whether base or "bare bones'
systems are induded in the PC/
monitor category or the ally
category. Because thev are not
manufactured and sold as Jully-
operational model$, they are
considered ally products and
therefore may not be advertised
with the partner logo. Please call
202-233-9114 if you have any
questions.
Energy Star Buyers
What do Warner Lambert, Bell Communications, the City of San Bernardino and
the State of Ohio have in common? They have all signed the Energy Star
Purchasing Policy and so have scores of corporations, small businesses, non-
profits, cities, states, schools and universities. Throughout the year, we will
continue to encourage organizations to join our list of Energy Star buyers.
One of EtWs strategies for expanding the number of Energy Star buyers is to
market the program to Fortune 2000 companies by explaining the benefits of
using Energy Star equipment and encouraging them to sign the Purchasing
Policy. Large corporations are attractive candidates; a corporation with 15,000
computers could potentially save $ 0.5 million per year in energy costs. EPA is
also beginning to work with computer retailers to inform their customers about
the benefits of Energy Star equipment.
WELCOME
The Energy Star Program welcomes
Andrew Fanara who joined colleagues
Linda Latham and Cyane Dandridge in
February. Andrew is repladng Jeff
Webb as the Manager of PC and
Monitor Products. We would also like
to extend a fond farewell to Jeff who is
leaving EPA and wish him all the best
in his endeavors.
Federal Government Update
In its first annual report to the White House on Energy Star acquisitions, the
General Services Administration (GSA) reported that Federal agencies purchased
292,041 microcomputers, 167,347 monitors, and 64,733 printers that met
Energy Star guidelines during fiscal year 1994. GSA estimates that this equip-
ment will save the Federal government approximately five million dollars in
energy consumption costs over the next year.
GSA predicts that government purchases of Energy Star equipment will continue
to grow during fiscal year 1995. All Federal agency contracts, both new and
existing, were required to be modified as of September 30,1994 to indude
Energy Star compliant products. If you have spedfic questions about selling
computer equipment to the Federal government, please call Tony Trenkle at GSA
(202-501-1476).

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