Green companies make sure all their efficient electrical appliances are certified. This ensures they are cutting their energy consumption and saving money.
Why use energy efficient appliances?
Green companies aim to reduce their impact on the environment by reducing their electricity consumption. With energy prices rising it makes good business sense to reduce this cost.
Green companies will invest in energy efficient electrical appliances. They will use energy labels to purchase products that can cut down on energy consumption.
Common efficient electrical appliances are:
- Fridges, freezers
- Desktop and laptop PCs
This article will look at different energy labels that green companies use, to save money and reduce their impact on the environment.
The EU energy label provides consumers with information about the energy efficiency of a product. Green companies will use this label to help them decide which products are most appropriate for them.
These can include:
- Washing machines
- Air conditioners
This energy label is not specific for businesses. However, green companies can use this label to choose those products that will be in their office.
What the label includes:
The label has to be shown in the UK by law, for any “white goods” appliances. The label shows a lot of information about each product.
- Rating of A is most efficient (A++ for fridges and freezers)
- Rating of G is least efficient
- Energy rating is calculated using specific EU criteria
- Extra product information including capacity, water consumption and noise levels are shown.
Energy Star is the most recognised international efficiency labelling, specifically for office products.
Any product on their database that carries their label will use a lot less energy than standard models. Many green companies will only purchase office appliances that are Energy Star labelled.
The Energy star database is updated regularly and contains a large number of electrical appliances that green companies can choose from. These include:
- Desktop computers
- Notebook computers
- Fax machines
There are other appliances available to choose from too. Some of these products will use significantly less energy than standard equipment.
For instance, Energy Star labelled desktops can use up to 70% less electricity than a standard model. A labelled printer uses at least 60% less energy.
Energy consumption is a big issue for green companies. Saving electricity with efficient electrical appliances is great for the environment and lowers operating costs. This is why green companies will spend time researching their office products carefully and choose only those with energy efficient labels.
The Energy Saving Trust also has an “Energy Saving Recommended” scheme similar to the EU energy label. Only products that have been carefully selected will receive this certification. More information can be found here.
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