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Energy Star Recommendations
Energy Star Recommendations

What is Energy Star?

The Energy Star label is a program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy that identifies energy-efficient models of most electronics and appliances.

Energy Star products save money by reducing energy costs, save energy by reducing power consumption demands, and reduce negative impacts on the environment.  Energy Star products offer the same service and can be purchased at comparable prices to non-Energy Star products.

Tulane’s Energy Star web site provides additional information at

Computer or Laptop Purchasing Recommendations:

Look for the Energy Star logo on any electronic devices you purchase.  The specifications will often indicate if a product is Energy Star labeled.    If you do not find that logo, you can search for products on the Energy Star Qualified Products page or use the minimum purchasing requirements listed below. 

The Energy Star Qualified Products page allows you to search for energy efficient computers, monitors, laptops, printers and other products.  You can also use the Smart Computer Catalog to easily search for Energy Star labeled models.

Tulane's Recommended Minimum
Purchasing Requirements

Energy Star
Every Day

Energy Star

  • Energy Star logo
  • LCD monitor
  • 2.0 GHz processor
  • 2.0 GB RAM or greater
  • 100 GB Hard Drive or greater
  • DVD+/‐RW optical drive
  • 802.11 b/g/n built-in wireless card
  • Discrete Video card (ATI or Nvidia) with 128 MB dedicated RAM
  • 4 year warranty with accidental damage

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The Electronic Productivity Assessment Tool (EPEAT) was created by a nonprofit organization called the Green Electronics Council to assess the overall environmental performance of computers.  It gives bronze, silver and gold ratings to different models based on criteria such as energy use, materials use, recyclability, and packaging. 

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