What is ENERGY STAR and Why Does it Matter for HP Devices? | HP® Tech Takes (2023)

Anyone who’s shopped for a new computer or related tech has most likely seen the ENERGY STAR® logo attached to certain products. But what does it mean?

Put simply, ENERGY STAR was designed as a way to make it easier for every consumer to shop for environmentally-friendly products. Products that earn the ENERGY STAR rating or certification are held to a higher standard of energy use and emissions, so they provide measurable gains for users.

What is ENERGY STAR?

The original ENERGY STAR system focused on reducing the carbon footprint of PCs and related office equipment, but it now covers everything from kitchen appliances to office buildings. The initiative is overseen by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy.

But what does ENERGY STAR mean for consumers with HP devices? We’ll cover that in detail in this guide to explain how ENERGY STAR minimizes operating expenses and environmental impact for home and business users.

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Lower operating expenses

The advantages of ENERGY STAR are easy to see in your monthly bill. When your computer uses less energy, you’ll see cost savings thanks to reduced energy bills compared to your previous setup. This makes the ENERGY STAR certification a great way to guide your shopping habits. These products aren’t just created as a way to save energy, either, because they’re also built to perform.

Whether you’re buying a new home or a new device, chances are you’ll have a set budget for the purchase itself. But when you purchase ENERGY STAR-certified hardware, you know you’ll continue to save down the line as well. In fact, according to ENERGY STAR, in 2018 alone, ENERGY STAR and its partners helped Americans avoid $35 billion in energy costs. Cumulative gains are even more impressive over time as you continue to use less energy and see that smaller utility bill.

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Improved sustainability

The other significant advantage of ENERGY STAR is sustainability, which applies to users in a variety of ways. Of course, the main boost comes from reduced energy use, which mitigates your personal, household, or office carbon footprint. The more you center your shopping on ENERGY STAR certification, the more you can reduce your total carbon footprint over time.

For 2018, in addition to saving billions of dollars, ENERGY STAR products also helped to cut associated emissions. That includes, among other things, 330 million metric tons of greenhouse gases, 220,000 short tons of sulfur dioxide, 210,000 short tons of nitrogen oxides, and 23,000 short tons of fine particulate matter (PM2.5), according to ENERGY STAR.

Put simply, the initiative STAR dramatically reduces the strain on both the environment and on consumers’ wallets.

Shopping for ENERGY STAR products at HP

The HP Store offers a variety of energy-efficient products with ENERGY STAR certification, but you can also look to the HP sustainability buyer's guide to find standout devices in several key categories. You’ll find laptops, desktops, and printers, plus dedicated sections for ink and toner, monitors, and accessories.

You can also find one of HP’s primary recycling portals, which has tons of additional resources on HP Planet Partners and hardware recycling. If you’re primarily interested in learning more about your cartridge recycling options, check out the HP supplies recycling page. But for now, let’s look at a few popular product features from the buyer’s guide.

Product Feature: HP Elite Dragonfly notebook PC

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With ENERGY STAR certification and a Gold rating from EPEAT®, the customizable HP Elite Dragonfly notebook PC is an ideal option if you prioritize efficiency and portability. The low-impact power profile and long-life battery make it a great on-the-go notebook for commuters or anyone who works across a variety of locations. Plus, you won’t need to depend so much on public outlets and periodic recharges.

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At just 2.2 lbs and 0.63 inches thick, the HP Elite Dragonfly is an easy fit for any workspace or travel routine. At that weight, it isn’t much heavier than a typical tablet. It also measures up well for features, with plenty of ways to add or subtract specs during checkout. Choose up to an 8th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, SSD storage, and an optional 4K display.

Product Feature: HP OMEN Obelisk desktop PC

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Gaming PCs and energy efficiency aren’t always synonymous, mostly because gaming rigs tend to be packed with the most powerful, resource-heavy components. So, how does the HP OMEN Obelisk desktop 875-1055xt handle the task of balancing power with efficiency?

It starts with ENERGY STAR certification and an EPEAT Bronze rating, which places it far ahead of the average gaming desktop. Then, it leverages liquid cooling to reduce overheating and in-game issues, dramatically reducing the impact of conventional cooling systems.

It’s loaded with performance components, too, including a 9th Generation Intel Core i7-9700K processor and an NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 2070 SUPER™ graphics card with 8GB GDDR6 dedicated memory. It also features 16GB HyperX® DDR4-2666 SDRAM and high-stability hybrid storage with a 1TB HDD and a 256GB SSD.

Product Feature: HP ENVY Photo 7855 All-in-One printer

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One of the most versatile and popular options in the HP printer collection, the HP ENVY Photo 7855 All-in-One printer is environmentally friendly and loaded with functionality. It prints up to 15 pages per minute in black and 10 ppm in color, and it has fax, scan, and copy capabilities. It even prints photos, too.

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This printer is certified by ENERGY STAR and it aligns with HP’s other sustainability efforts, including HP Instant Ink compatibility and support for high-yield cartridges. Thanks to that alignment, you’ll be able to reduce your overall environmental impact and the associated costs of using that printer. How? It’s easy.

The streamlined, closed-loop product cycle helps reduce material waste, providing you with easy recycling options. You’ll then feel direct benefits through automatic ink-level monitoring and shipping thanks to HP Instant Ink, which cuts out the need for cartridge shopping and refills.

Want to know more about HP Instant Ink and high-yield cartridges? Read our article, Top 10 Ways to Save Money on Printer Supplies, which includes other easy options for reducing printer-related costs.

Curious to learn more about your current impact and want to compare other products? Use our carbon footprint calculator to see how different options stack up when it comes to power consumption. The tool also incorporates localized energy rates and carbon impact data, making it a vital resource when you need to find the most energy-efficient laptop or printer.

When did ENERGY STAR start?

ENERGY STAR was founded in 1992 to help manage the environmental impact of the growing personal computer sector. Since then, their purview has expanded to cover a huge range of popular consumer appliances; even homes and public buildings. By 2018, shoppers had purchased more than 6 billion ENERGY STAR certified products.

Over the years, ENERGY STAR has had a substantial impact on the marketplace. If you want to learn more, there are tons of statistics to dig into at the ENERGY STAR by the Numbers web page, including sector-by-sector data on costs and conservation. Or, if you’d like to read about the current ENERGY STAR standards for PCs, you can also check out the detailed program requirements for computers.

HP as ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year: Sustained Excellence

While many manufacturers and brands collaborate with ENERGY STAR, only a limited group is specially acknowledged for their efforts. Since 2018, HP has been recognized 3 consecutive times as an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year. Recipients are chosen for exceeding ENERGY STAR standards, which includes going well beyond the minimum requirements for certification.

In 2020, ENERGY STAR also gave HP the distinction for consistency, adding recognition for Sustained Excellence in the Product Brand Owner category. Winners range from large corporations to family-owned enterprises, but businesses must receive Partner of the Year at least 2 years in a row to be eligible.

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Other sustainability efforts at HP

Through a holistic approach to reducing environmental impact and improving the efficiency of PC products, sustainability is a defining part of the philosophy at HP. That means addressing sustainability as a key part of development at every stage, which leads to streamlining and improving old processes to minimize waste wherever possible. And even as software continues to require increased computing resources, HP has worked to reduce the energy consumption in our PCs by 50%.

Closed-loop recycling

The idea of “closed-loop recycling” has helped make it easier for consumers to recycle hardware, keeping manufactured plastics in the supply chain and out of landfills or waterways. According to the HP 2019 Sustainable Impact Report, operations are on track “to increase recycled content in our products to 30% by 2025.”

HP was also 1 of only 8 companies worldwide recognized by the Carbon Disclosure Project for our overall impact strategy, with closed-loop recycling being a major highlight. In 2020, we also introduced new devices made with ocean-bound plastics, like the HP ZBook Studio, the world’s first mobile workstation to incorporate ocean-bound plastic.

Design for Sustainability program

The Design for Sustainability program at HP also continues to hit new milestones, with many new independently-verified Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs) showing our service-based solutions reduce the environmental impact of IT compared to traditional offerings. Here are some standout statistics:

  • The HP Device as a Service solution reduces GHG emissions by 25% and improves resource efficiency by 28%
  • HP Managed Print Services partnerships reduce emissions by 12% and improve resource efficiency by 13%
  • The HP Instant Ink program reduces GHG emissions by 73% and improves resource efficiency by 73%

Notes about HP ENERGY STAR software

For consumers, ENERGY STAR may simply exist as a small label on your product. But for PC users with an ENERGY STAR-certified device, you may also notice an additional software component. This exists to distinguish your PC’s ENERGY STAR-tested and approved power plan.

You may be wondering what it does and if you could safely delete it. We recommend leaving the ENERGY STAR app installed and using your device’s certified power settings if you want the best overall performance and lowest environmental impact possible.

What is EPEAT?

Managed by the Green Electronics Council, EPEAT is short for “Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool.” They use a scale with three stages to rate the relative environmental friendliness of consumer products: Bronze, Silver, and Gold. Each meets a range of required efficiency measures, with Silver and Gold-rated products going further by complying with a certain number of optional restrictions.

HP is an industry leader in this category, with the world’s most sustainable PC portfolio based on EPEAT standards. As of late 2020, we offer 137 Gold and 2,016 Silver EPEAT registered products in 19 countries. While not every device in our store has an EPEAT rating, you can count on much more efficient performance when you see one. Plus, you won’t have to look too hard to find it in the HP computer and laptop selection.

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Summary

ENERGY STAR products provide a guarantee of minimal energy waste and lower energy costs over the life of the device. For HP users, you gain access to a well-rounded, varied, and continually growing selection of more environmentally friendly devices. And that goes for whether you shop from the HP sustainability buyer's guide or our entire selection in the HP Store.

About the Author: Dwight Pavlovic is a contributing writer for HP® Tech Takes. Dwight is a music and technology writer based out of West Virginia.

FAQs

What is HP ENERGY STAR and do I need it? ›

Put simply, ENERGY STAR was designed as a way to make it easier for every consumer to shop for environmentally-friendly products. Products that earn the ENERGY STAR rating or certification are held to a higher standard of energy use and emissions, so they provide measurable gains for users.

Can I delete HP ENERGY STAR? ›

Deleting or not deleting the Energy Star program from your HP device is solely your choice. It does not do any harm to your PC if you keep it or it doesn't impact even if you remove it. If you find the program using more CPU or causing any other issue, you can delete it.

Do I need ENERGY STAR on Windows? ›

Installing ENERGY STAR certified windows, doors, and skylights lowers energy bills and saves you money. With more efficient windows, you also use less energy, which reduces greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and homes.

What does ENERGY STAR software do? ›

ENERGY STAR certified products help you save energy.

to save money and protect the environment. Lower energy bills, improve comfort, and reduce emissions with ENERGY STAR. Certified to save energy and deliver better comfort, quality, and durability.

Which HP apps to Uninstall? ›

Delete
  • Bonjour.
  • Energy Star.
  • HP Audio Switch.
  • HP ePrint SW (if you don't have an HP printer)
  • HP JumpStart Bridge.
  • HP JumpStart Launch.
  • HP Sure Connect.
  • HP System Event Utility.
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How do I get rid of HP bloatware? ›

You can uninstall all the listed bloatware except HP CoolSense and HP Support Assistant. You can uninstall them in the list of programs in your control panel , right click the apps and hit Uninstall.

Do I need to keep HP JumpStart? ›

Do I have to use JumpStart to use my new PC? You can use your computer without completing the HP JumpStart process. You can bypass it and start using your computer whether you register your device with JumpStart or not.

What is the use of ENERGY STAR in Windows 10? ›

By using ENERGY STAR® qualified products and taking advantage of the power-management features of Surface computers, users can help reduce their consumption of electricity. Reduced electrical consumption can contribute to potential financial savings, a cleaner environment, and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

Is HP event utility necessary? ›

In general, it's not recommended to uninstall HP System Event Utility, because this may cause some function keys not working. But sometimes, you may need to reinstall this software to solve some problems.

What does ENERGY STAR certified mean on appliances? ›

ENERGY STAR is a widely recognized and trusted label on products that meet strict energy-efficiency requirements set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ENERGY STAR certified products are third-party certified and subject to ongoing verification testing.

Is HP audio switch necessary? ›

Do You Need HP Audio Switch? HP Audio Switch is a small app that comes pre-installed on HP devices to make switching between different audio devices easier. It's not necessary, as you can just as easily switch between these devices by clicking on the sound button on the Windows taskbar.

Are ENERGY STAR appliances worth it? ›

ENERGY STAR refrigerators are excellent options because they use less energy and save money over time—usually about 9 percent over non-ENERGY STAR models. Given the improvements in the efficiency of refrigerators over the years, replacing an older model with a new ENERGY STAR model will save even more.

Is there a tax credit for windows in 2022? ›

2022 Window & Door Tax Credit. You may be entitled to a tax credit of up to $500*** if you installed energy-efficient windows, skylights, doors or other qualifying items in 2022**. Current federal tax credits for certain energy-efficient improvements to existing homes have been extended through December 31, 2022.

What is a good ENERGY STAR rating for windows? ›

According to the 2022 ENERGY STAR® Standards, energy-efficient windows should have a U-factor of 1.22 W/m2 or lower or an ER of 34 or higher.

What qualifies a window for ENERGY STAR? ›

ENERGY STAR qualified, windows, doors, and skylights: Are manufactured by an ENERGY STAR partner, Are independently tested, certified, and verified by the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC), and. Have NFRC ratings that meet strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ...

Which HP bloatware should I keep? ›

You can uninstall all the listed bloatware except HP CoolSense and HP Support Assistant. The applications are not required and it will do no harm at all when you remove those.

What apps do I not need on my laptop? ›

Now, let's look at what apps you should uninstall from Windows—remove any of the below if they're on your system!
  • QuickTime. rmstock. ...
  • CCleaner. ...
  • Crappy PC Cleaners. ...
  • uTorrent. ...
  • Adobe Flash Player and Shockwave Player. ...
  • Java. ...
  • Microsoft Silverlight. ...
  • All Toolbars and Junk Browser Extensions.

Should I remove it download? ›

Should I Remove It? is a free app that helps you to decide which programs to remove from your computer. The app provides a list of currently installed programs and offers a short description based on crowdsourced information that will help you to decide whether or not that piece of software is worth removing.

Does bloatware slow down your computer? ›

Firstly, bloatware can significantly slow down your computer. If you have lots of these programs loading in your device start-up or performing operations in the background, they can eat up your RAM. This is where you should uninstall bloatware, when it begins to affect your device's performance.

What bloatware means? ›

Bloatware -- the term for unwanted pre-installed software on a computer or device -- has been around since the dawn of PCs. Bloatware started with OEMs installing software by default on their computers to both make money and provide consumers with additional software they might want.

Should I delete HP Support Assistant? ›

HP does not recommend removing HP Support Assistant. But if you want to uninstall it, you can uninstall the HP Support Assistant like other programs. Here is the guide: In Windows, search for an open Uninstall a program.

Do I need HP JumpStart on my computer? ›

Do I have to use JumpStart to use my new PC? You can use your computer without completing the HP JumpStart process. You can bypass it and start using your computer whether you register your device with JumpStart or not.

Is HP audio switch necessary? ›

Do You Need HP Audio Switch? HP Audio Switch is a small app that comes pre-installed on HP devices to make switching between different audio devices easier. It's not necessary, as you can just as easily switch between these devices by clicking on the sound button on the Windows taskbar.

What is the use of ENERGY STAR in Windows 10? ›

By using ENERGY STAR® qualified products and taking advantage of the power-management features of Surface computers, users can help reduce their consumption of electricity. Reduced electrical consumption can contribute to potential financial savings, a cleaner environment, and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

What is the use of HP documentation? ›

The HP Network Automation Software (NA) Documentation Library provides the most up-to-date version of NA documents available on the HP Software Product Manuals portal.

Does HP JumpStart bloatware? ›

We wouldn't call JumpStart Bloatware, because it's not a free trial or meant to entice you into spending more money on software (although it will give you the option to install some trial software if you choose to).

Why do I need HP JumpStart? ›

HP JumpStart will first guide you through the product registration process for your new HP device. It allows you to download updates & receive new information about your products or services. It helps you enable some free services easily, such as McAfee and Dropbox.

Is HP Smart necessary? ›

You do not need the HP Smart application if you install the Full Feature Software / full driver printer software.

Is it safe to Uninstall HP Audio Center? ›

You can go ahead and uninstall the app from the computer, and it should not affect the audio on your computer. However, you can use this app to control the audio settings on your computer.

What programs can be removed from Windows 10? ›

What apps and programs are safe to delete/uninstall?
  • Alarms & Clocks.
  • Calculator.
  • Camera.
  • Groove Music.
  • Mail & Calendar.
  • Maps.
  • Movies & TV.
  • OneNote.

Should I delete HP Support Assistant? ›

HP does not recommend removing HP Support Assistant. But if you want to uninstall it, you can uninstall the HP Support Assistant like other programs. Here is the guide: In Windows, search for an open Uninstall a program.

How do I know if my windows are ENERGY STAR qualified? ›

Comply with current ENERGY STAR Eligibility Criteria, which define performance requirements and test procedures for residential windows, doors, and skylights. A list of eligible products and their corresponding Eligibility Criteria can be found at www.energystar.gov/specifications.

What is ENERGY STAR a simple definition? ›

Energy Star is a government-backed labeling program that helps people and organizations save money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by identifying factories, office equipment, home appliances and electronics that have superior energy efficiency.

What qualifies a window for ENERGY STAR? ›

ENERGY STAR qualified, windows, doors, and skylights: Are manufactured by an ENERGY STAR partner, Are independently tested, certified, and verified by the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC), and. Have NFRC ratings that meet strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ...

Should I remove it download? ›

Should I Remove It? is a free app that helps you to decide which programs to remove from your computer. The app provides a list of currently installed programs and offers a short description based on crowdsourced information that will help you to decide whether or not that piece of software is worth removing.

Do HP laptops come with security? ›

Just like any other Windows-operated device, HP laptops do come with built-in antivirus protection. They have Windows Defender already installed on the system upon purchase. Windows Defender is a free built-in solution and might be enough for people that rarely use the internet.

What is HP PC hardware Diagnostics Windows? ›

The HP PC Hardware Diagnostics Windows tool offers driver checks and updates on select components while also providing the ability to test the hardware components of your computer, quickly diagnoses hardware failures, streamlines support calls to HP, and can help avoid returns of working hardware.

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