Mr. Green's Blog

We Have Met the Enemy, and Once Again ...

Wed, 02/27/2008 - 14:21 -- MrGreen

Eiffel Tower at SunsetAugust 16, 2007 – Ah, Paris in summer–the Eiffel Tower, the Champs Elysées, hearty Burgundies ... and set-top boxes. Set-top boxes? Qu'est-ce que c'est? you may ask (if you're French or just goofing around). Well, set-top boxes were at the top of my agenda a few weeks ago, when I attended the Set-Top Box Workshop hosted by the International Energy Agency (IEA) in the City of Lights.

Fast Tracking the DoE?

Wed, 02/27/2008 - 14:04 -- MrGreen

Tammy  BaldwinAugust 13, 2007 – Think of the state of Wisconsin and you think of … well, great dairy products and great beer, right?

What Price Highest Efficiency

Wed, 02/27/2008 - 13:55 -- MrGreen

August 13, 2007 – Is there a point where squeezing more efficiency out of an electronic product doesn’t make sense? Whoa … sounds a little “anti-green," doesn't it? After all, shouldn’t we do everything we can to reduce our carbon footprint and reduce greenhouse gas emissions? Well, yes, in theory, but like all things in life, a cost versus performance analysis needs to be made.

EPA Releases Specs for Energy-Efficient Server

Mon, 02/25/2008 - 12:19 -- MrGreen

July 23, 2007 – Government Computer News reports that the EPA has released a draft of specs for energy-efficient servers. GCN says:

The top 25 percent of servers on the market, in terms of energy efficiency, should get to wear the Energy Star label, so the Specification Framework for Enterprise Computer Servers proposes.

ENERGY STAR 4.0 Now, More to Come

Mon, 02/25/2008 - 12:03 -- MrGreen

ENERGY STAR logoJuly 19, 2007 – ENERGY STAR requirements for computers--including desktops, notebooks, and tablets, even game consoles--went into effect July 20.

Design It Right and Tell Everyone About It

Mon, 02/25/2008 - 11:10 -- MrGreen

July 9, 2007 – People—not just governments, regulatory agencies, and power supply designers and manufacturers, but people—are becoming aware that the many (and a growing number of) electronics devices they have in their homes and offices are sucking power even when they're not in use, or even turned on. They're becoming aware that most devices on standby power are inefficient and costly.

High-hanging Fruit

Fri, 02/22/2008 - 16:51 -- MrGreen

June 15, 2007 – Going after the low-hanging fruit is always the quickest way to get results. And that’s exactly what lots of government regulatory agencies did in attempting to reduce energy waste. The first EuPs targeted were obvious and everywhere, those black wall warts that came home with us every time we went “gathering” for electronic gizmos, at Fry’s/Circuit City/Best Buy/(fill in the name of your favorite electronics store).