In conjunction with the recently released EPA Energy Star 5.0 standards for PCs, Dell is refreshing its online PC power calculator to include a number of new factors businesses can use when calculating the amount of power a desktop or notebook system consumes, including storage, memory, graphics cards and hard drives. Specific configurations of Dell's OptiPlex, Vostro and Latitude systems already meet Energy Star 5.0 standards.
has refreshed its online power consumption calculator and is promoting
its energy-efficient PCs and workstations in conjunction with the new federal
Energy Star 5.0 specifications, which were released July 1.
Energy Savings Calculator
had been like that of other systems makers,
measuring the energy consumed by particular systems and power supplies, Allen
Whitley, product group marketing manager at Dell, said in an interview.
However, the newer version, announced July 27, factors in a host of other
components, including the amount of memory, the graphics cards being used, hard
drives and power management features, he said.
"We think this is particularly interesting, and we definitely think
there is nothing out there like this," Whitley said.
The calculator looks at various configurations of OptiPlex, Vostro and
Whitley and Jay Taylor, senior engineer and global strategist at Dell, said
businesses are increasingly looking to vendors for more energy-efficient
systems, as a way to save money and to reduce their carbon footprint.
Government agencies and larger enterprises, which at times have tens of
thousands of PCs and laptops, are particularly interested in the savings that
can be gleaned from more efficient client systems, Whitley and Taylor
Smaller businesses that may be more budget-constrained tend to opt for traditional systems rather than the more
expensive ones that are outfitted with energy-efficient technologies. However,
as those technologies become more commonplace, Taylor
said he expects the prices will come down.
The Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star 5.0 power efficiency specifications
are designed to help businesses and consumers buy energy-efficient products.
Most PC makers, including Dell, Apple and Hewlett-Packard, already are shipping
systems that meet the Energy Star 5.0 standards, which EPA officials say will
drive PCs to use 30 to 60 percent less power than standard systems.
Whiting said Dell's most energy-efficient models reduce the cost of running
a desktop to $15 a year, and $10 a year for laptops.
Taylor said meeting the Energy
Star specifications is a "substantial challenge" for Dell, as
illustrated by the fact that only select models within the company's PC, laptop
and workstation lines meet the specs.
The EPA uses the Energy Star label on a host of electronic devices,
including printers, power supplies and, most recently, servers.
The EPA launched its server specs in May, and in June Dell rolled out two
that meet those specs.