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Energy Star 5.0


The Energy Star 5.0 specification, which goes into effect July 2009, will specify stricter requirements for computers and their accessories such as power adapters. The specification will also include gaming consoles for the first time. Some highlights of Energy Star 5.0 include:
  • 85% minimum efficiency at 50% of rated output.
  • 82% minimum efficiency at 20% and 100% of rated output.
  • "Sleep modes" which consume less energy.
  • Increased power adapter efficiency to 87%.
Some early adopters of the new Energy Star 5.0 specification are companies such as Apple, Dell, Fujitsu Siemens and Lenovo. Check out The Better Planet's list of the top selling green desktop computers and laptops.