Feds put bite on vampire devices
- By Dan Caterinicchia, Dan Caterinicchia
- Sep 03, 2001
Computers and wireless phones used by federal agencies can use no more than
1 watt of power in standby mode, according to a recent executive order by
"One of the ways that our nation wastes energy is through what they
call 'vampire devices,'" Bush said. "These will be a battery charger, cell
phone chargers, computer systems that we really think [are] not using energy
when plugged in but, in fact, are.
"And so we've set what we call a 1-watt standard throughout the federal
government, that we expect our agencies to be ridding themselves of the
vampires and using energy- conservation devices."
If such products are not available, federal agencies should buy ones
with the lowest standby power wattage, according to the order. Agencies
must adhere to the requirements, the president directed, as long as the
product's "utility and performance are not compromised as a result."
By the end of the year, the Energy Department, working with the Defense
Department and the General Services Administration, will have a preliminary
list of products subject to the new requirements. DOE will finalize the
list and may remove products deemed inappropriate for listing, according
to the executive order.
The Consumer Electronics Association and the Electronic Industries Alliance
applauded the presidential order, according to a joint statement from Gary
Shapiro, president and chief executive officer of CEA, and Dave McCurdy,
They said they are encouraged that the executive order "allows the marketplace
to dictate the appropriate standards for standby power so manufacturers
may continue to find ways to improve the energy efficiency of our products....
"By giving procurement officers the flexibility to purchase energy- efficient
products that don't compromise features and functionality, the president
has shown it is possible to promote conservation while preserving the right
of manufacturers to design and market products that meet consumer demand."