Select energy-efficient home office equipment
If you have a home office, choose an efficient printer, copier, scanner, or fax machine to lower your energy use. With these smart purchases, it's possible to work from home and save on energy costs.
What to look for:
- Across all categories: Look for models that utilize low power modes to minimize standby energy consumption. Also, look for ENERGY STAR® home office electronics. They use much less energy than standard equipment, with scanner and computer savings over 30%. All ENERGY STAR machines revert to low-power modes after a certain time period, extending the lives of the devices.
- Printers: Consider an inkjet rather than a laser printer. An inkjet printer will produce near-laser quality but at a slower pace and use up to 95% less energy than a laser printer.
- Copiers: Copiers can be the single most energy-intensive machine in an office. Make sure yours is properly sized for your copying needs. High-volume models use more energy than low-volume models, even when they process the same number of pages.
- Multi-function devices: Combination printer/scanner/copiers are optimal for small offices. They consume less total power than separate office machines, especially while inactive.