A fake gas-powered alarm clock once got Energy Star certification

When an appliance gets Energy Star certification that's supposed to mean that it's environmentally friendly. But what happens when you submit fake products like a gasoline-powered alarm clock or the "air purifier" pictured above? A government audit in 2010 found that both of these ridiculous products were certified as… » 11/15/14 9:58pm 11/15/14 9:58pm

Energy Star Setting Consumption Guidelines For Game Consoles

It's no secret » 10/15/08 6:20pm 10/15/08 6:20pm that your game console is not going to do much to save you money on your next power bill. However, Energy Star is finally prepared to set guidelines on energy consumption for these devices. In order earn an Energy Star seal of approval, manufacturers will have to use less than one watt during 'off'…

Your TV Sucks (Power, Even When It's Not Running)

That TV set of yours still sips power even when it's turned off, to the point that phantom power use can add 10% to your electricity bill. In fact, the average US household consumes about 50 watts of standby power per hour. There's a lot of talk about Energy Star ratings for electronic devices, but plasma and LCD TVs… » 12/26/07 10:20am 12/26/07 10:20am

Nokia 3110 Evolve: Greening Up Its Act, One Phone at a Time

Perhaps in response to Nokia's sizeable slip in Greenpeace's Guide to Greener Electronics, the Finnish phone giant has "Evolved" its 3110 model to become, well, greener. The Nokia 3110 Evolve has "bio-covers" made from more than 50% renewable material, its packaging has been reduced in size and comes from 60% recycled… » 12/04/07 10:11am 12/04/07 10:11am

Lenovo Cranking Out Energy Star 4.0 Qualified Laptops Early

The Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star 4.0 revision hits July 20th, but Lenovo isn't worried about making the cut. Three days before the revision, Lenovo plans to have the T61p, its first Energy Star 4.0 configured machine, out on shelves. The T61p won't skimp on power to save energy, either. It has a suite… » 7/10/07 10:40am 7/10/07 10:40am