Mr. Green's Blog

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).

One for All and All for One?

Fri, 02/22/2008 - 16:48 -- MrGreen

June 15, 2007The Loneliest Number

Contrary to Three Dog Night’s 1969 hit song, the number “1” may not be the loneliest number after all, at least if worldwide governments and energy efficiency commissions trying to reduce standby energy waste have their way.

Electronic Vampire Piggies, Everywhere

Fri, 02/22/2008 - 12:28 -- MrGreen

June 15, 2007 – To people working in power supply design, they’re vampires, but the New York Times calls them hogs. Either way, our homes are filled with them, electronic products that suck energy even when they’re apparently just sitting there, doing nothing.

Voluntary or Mandatory, One More Time

Fri, 02/22/2008 - 12:22 -- MrGreen

June 14, 2007 – In many cases, power supply designers are being told by governments to make their power supplies more energy efficient, while in other cases, they’re being urged to do so. Either way—voluntary or mandatory—there are problems for the designer, but there are also benefits. Let’s look at both.

Voluntary Specs or Mandatory Standards?

Mon, 02/11/2008 - 10:24 -- MrGreen

June 13, 2007 – If you design or manufacture power supplies, you may be afraid to check your morning email, anticipating news of yet another energy efficiency specification bubbling up from somewhere in the world.

I’ve been to regulatory meetings in the US, Canada, Europe and Australia already this year. What’s more, there are activities in India, Korea, China and elsewhere that I could have gone to if I had a really big travel budget.