Energy and Certifications

By M. David Stone  |  Posted 2008-10-27 Print this article Print

Energy Saving Features

For the most part, you can judge energy saving issues by the appropriate certifications, notably Energy Star, but there are at least two specifics you should also look for.  First, an instant warm-up fuser will save energy by not having to warm up before printing, and as a nice bonus, it will speed first page out time.  Similarly, for all-in-ones or multi-function printers, an instant on light source will both save energy and speed scanning.  More important, an instant on light source usually goes hand in hand with a mercury-free lamp in the scanner, which is a hazardous substance that's best avoided.


Finally, don't overlook the importance of certifications.  In particular, look for Energy Star (for energy savings) and RoHs (for avoiding hazardous substances).


M. David Stone is an award-winning freelance writer and computer industry consultant with special areas of expertise in imaging technologies (including printers, monitors, large-screen displays, projectors, scanners, and digital cameras), storage (both magnetic and optical), and word processing. His 25 years of experience in writing about science and technology includes a nearly 20-year concentration on PC hardware and software. He also has a proven track record of making technical issues easy for non-technical readers to understand, while holding the interest of more knowledgeable readers. Writing credits include eight computer-related books, major contributions to four others, and more than 2,000 articles in national and worldwide computer and general interest publications. His two most recent books are The Underground Guide to Color Printers (Addison-Wesley, 1996) and Troubleshooting Your PC, (Microsoft Press, 2000, with co-author Alfred Poor).

Much of David's current writing is for PC Magazine, where he has been a frequent contributor since 1983 and a contributing editor since 1987. His work includes feature articles, special projects, reviews, and both hardware and software solutions for PC Magazine's Solutions columns. He also contributes to other magazines, including Wired. As Computers Editor at Science Digest from 1984 until the magazine stopped publication, he wrote both a monthly column and additional articles. His newspaper column on computers appeared in the Newark Star Ledger from 1995 through 1997.

Non-computer-related work includes the Project Data Book for NASA's Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (written for GE's Astro-Space Division), and magazine articles and AV productions on subjects ranging from cosmology to ape language experiments. David also develops and writes testing scripts for leading computer magazines, including PC Magazine's PC Labs. His scripts have covered a wide range of subjects, including computers, scanners, printers, modems, word processors, fax modems, and communications software. He lives just outside of New York City, and considers himself a New Yorker at heart.


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