California Energy Commission Proposes New Efficiency Standards that Will Cut Computer Energy Use


The California Energy Commission (CEC) today released its latest proposal for mandating more energy-efficient computers and monitors. The proposal for the nation’s first mandatory standards for computers, if adopted, will be an important step toward reducing their energy use around the country and even the world.

The new proposed standards require that desktop computers reduce power draw by half when idle (with no user activity), and establishes more modest power reductions for notebooks/laptops, which already are much more efficient when operating on battery mode, but that is not always the case when they are plugged in.

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