Energy Star, is an American based company that rates the energy efficiency of consumer products. The company has been around since the early nineteen nineties. Rating items such as air conditioners, buildings, dishwashers, home electronics and other products, Energy Star has been a key to assisting consumers in making the right energy efficient choices for their lives.
Now, the new addition to their list of rated products is to be computer servers. Yes, with the new updates regarding the efficiency of servers, Energy Star is now going to place their rating on every new product the consumer purchases.
Energy Star was created in the nineties by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The United States Environmental Protection Agency has aimed to now increase the energy efficiency in products by a minimum of thirty percent.
Rating items on a scale from one to one hundred, each product, building or plant gets rated according to the proper benchmark. With this, the Environmental Protection Agency honors one small business each year (since 1999) with an award due to their overall savings of energy within the United States.
As other countries have adapted their own tables in which to rate efficiency of products, many are jumping on board to increase overall efficiencies in their regions. These countries, including that of Japan, Australia, Canada and New Zealand, are also adapting this desire to increase product efficiency by minimums of twenty-five percent or higher within the next few years.
The United States effort has been initiated by the Federal desire to ‘green up’ data centers around the country. In two thousand and six alone, data centers were consuming over fifty billion kilowatt hours of energy. This resulted in a hefty cost of four billion, five hundred million dollars in just that year alone.
If the new Energy Star desire to cut energy costs actually gains compliance across the United States, it is predicted that a savings of approximately eight hundred million dollars would occur each year.
One of the main focuses is to have servers go into a type of sleep mode when they are not being completely used; waking up quickly when use is again necessary. As per research conducted by the University of Michigan, using this sleep mode on servers could reduce overall server energy usage by close to seventy-five percent.
Energy Star is just one of the many ways the United States is working to reduce our overall energy usage and costs. Now, rating computer servers, who knows what Energy Star and the Environmental Protection Agency will set their sights on next?