Tips for Making Smart Green Electronic Purchases

We know you care. A survey by the Consumer Electronics Association found 60 percent of consumers are concerned about their electric bill, and energy consumption was the third most important attribute to consumers buying electronics, behind features and price.
 
And we’re listening. The CE industry’s dedication to on sustainability is evident in everything from green design and manufacturing of new products to electronics recycling. The industry has made huge strides in recent years regarding a variety of environmentally friendly attributes.

  • For instance, the amount of power needed for LCD televisions fell 63 percent from 2003 to 2010, and declined 41 percent for plasma TVs from 2008 to 2010.

  • At the same time, TVs got smaller and lighter. TV manufacturers reduced the weight of TVs 82 percent and volume 72 percent from 2004 to 2010.

  • Since 2006, game console manufacturers have reduced the electrical power required for HD gaming by over 50 percent – achieved without a mandatory or voluntary power cap.

  • Computer energy efficiency has doubled every 1.57 years – and is expected to continue at this pace for the foreseeable future.


So look for smaller, lighter and more efficient devices and always:

1. Look for the ENERGY STAR label. Currently more than 27,000 electronics product models meet ENERGY STAR specifications set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Energy. These products offer huge energy cost savings.

2. Look for EPEAT-certified products. Beyond energy consumption, EPEAT is another certification that looks at even more environmental aspects of products. Search here for compelling EPEAT products.