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Measuring Energy Efficiency - More Than Just Fine Print

By Simon Williams
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November 4, 2019

Many household appliances are carefully selected after vigilant research on their energy efficiencies. And why wouldn’t they be, when the bills are high and the environmental impact even higher? For many, reading the energy efficiency ratings on a printer and multi-function printer is low on the list of considerations, despite the wealth of knowledge and literature that exists on this issue. If you’re unsure what to look for and why it’s so important, let’s review the ratings and certifications you should be keeping an eye out for. 

What is an Energy Star Rating, and how are they achieved?

Many household appliances are carefully selected after vigilant research on their energy efficiencies. And why wouldn’t they be, when the bills are high and the environmental impact even higher? For many, reading the energy efficiency ratings on a printer and multi-function printer is low on the list of considerations, despite the wealth of knowledge and literature that exists on this issue. If you’re unsure what to look for and why it’s so important, let’s review the ratings and certifications you should be keeping an eye out for. 

What is an Energy Star Rating, and how are they achieved?

If you believe the Energy Star Rating to be the sticker plastered to your appliances, you would be wrong. Energy Star is a US environmental standard that has rolled out to many countries, but it’s ultimately different from the Energy Rating Standard that we are familiar with in Australia. One of the main differences is that the Energy Rating Standard in Australia only extends to household appliances, and not printers or computers. 

There are a number of products that sit under the ‘imaging equipment’ group, and they are electrophotographic printers (EP), inkjet printers, copiers, facsimile machines and multifunctional devices. The imaging equipment group is measured by Typical Electrical Consumption (TEC), with an allowance set by the maximise output of the device. Operation modes (OM) are also measured and reported for devices such as inkjet products, based on the equipment under test (EUT). Additional features (known as ‘adders’) like on-board memory and wireless capabilities are also measured and added to the OM allowance. All these measurements are taken into account, and tested by an accredited and laboratory body, resulting in an Energy Star Rating for that product.

What is a Blue Angel Certification, and how is it achieved?

The Blue Angel certification that comes from Germany, measuring and certifying products and services that have an environmentally-friendly aspect. As you can imagine, there is great variance in these ratings which covers more than 10,000 products in 80 product classes. Since it started in 1978, many countries across Europe and beyond have adopted this certification, using it as a yardstick for environmental protection. Despite being the oldest ecolabel in the world, The Blue Angel certification continues to be reviewed and researched so that it incorporates and measures all possible environmental harm, from materials to emissions.

In essence, The Blue Angel Certification aims to educate consumer buying behaviour and provide a benchmark that operates separately from any bias or corporate tie. In 1994, the Global Ecolabelling Network (GEN) was formed and comprises of all ‘Type 1’ Blue Angel Certification ecolabels. The intention of GEN was for environmentally-minded labels to work together on their ‘green’ products, and for consumers to see what labels hold this sought after status and consume within this product group.

There is a lot that we, the consumer, can be doing to support energy-efficient products that are also environmentally friendly. With the labels clearly wearing their rating and endless knowledge on who are the top-performers in this space, there is no reason to support any other initiatives. If you would like to hear about the ratings and certifications of the printers available at CartridgesDirect, you can contact us on 1300 765 575.

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