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Energy-Efficient Products with the ENERGY STAR Label

March 3, 2015 | 0 comments

ENERGY STAR is a helpful resource when you’re looking for energy-efficient commercial building systems such as HVAC and lighting. The program outlines points to consider when investing in fixtures, water heaters, boilers, etc. All systems and products with the ENERGY STAR label are independently certified to save energy without forfeiting functionality.

But did you know that ENERGY STAR also now certifies smaller types of products that are likely being used inside your building?

Vending Machines
Although most building owners and facilities managers don’t have direct control over vending machines in their spaces (a vendor operator typically owns and maintains them), you may be able to request energy-efficient machines to reduce operating costs. ENERGY STAR vending machines have efficient compressors, fan motors, and lighting systems. During non-business hours, these machines can also be placed in “low-power mode” to reduce energy use. Just one vending machine that meets ENERGY STAR requirements can save more than 1,500 kWh per year, which is close to $150 per machine, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

VoIP Phones
Becoming increasingly popular in commercial buildings, VoIP phones convert conversations into data packets that transmit through an Ethernet connection. VoIP phones just became eligible for the ENERGY STAR label last year. They may not seem like major energy hogs, but one older VoIP phone may use as much energy as a desktop computer. ENERGY STAR labeled VoIP phones use less energy than non-certified phones and can power down during off-hours. According to ENERGY STAR, upgrading 100 VoIP phones can save between $700 and $1,200 in energy costs over the lifetime of the phones.

Mobile Devices
Are your tenants or occupants using desktop computers or laptops to stream or download data during the workday? How that data is being streamed or downloaded can affect your building’s overall energy use. An ENERGY STAR labeled tablet requires six times less power to stream or download data than a desktop computer and monitor.

ENERGY STAR is also set to announce ENERGY STAR certification requirements for climate controls this year; stay tuned for updates as more information is released.

Do you pay attention to the ENERGY STAR label when you’re selecting products and systems for your commercial building?

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