The Most Energy-Efficient Computers For Your Business

 Energy Efficient Computers


With the cost of running appliances making up the bulk of electricity bills for small to medium-sized businesses, it’s little wonder technology companies now offer more energy-efficient products to satisfy energy-savvy consumers.

Laptops use up to 90% less energy than desktop computers, but may contain hidden nasties. Meanwhile, desktops remain the heavyweights of the working world.

To help you choose, here are some of the more energy-efficient computers around.



Toshiba’s Portégé laptop series reduces its energy usage with each new model. Today’s 1.2kg laptop is incased in magnesium alloy. According to Toshiba, this means that it can handle 100kg of pressure when the lid is closed. This clever company rates its products against a mathematical formula created to assess a computer's consumer value against its environmental impact over its expected lifetime. While Toshiba consistently achieves Energy Star ratings on all of its products, the Portégé is clearly the star of the show among energy-efficient laptops.

Apple’s MacBook Pro laptop series has a crafty inbuilt power system that claims to reduce the amount of energy wasted when moving electricity from the wall to the computer. Made with completely recyclable materials – glass and aluminium – Apple prides itself on offering products free of mercury, arsenic, PVC and brominated flame-retardants.

The MacBook Pro is intended to be energy-efficient straight out of the box. It’s even received the EPA’s ENERGY STAR qualification for its low power consumption. MacBook Pro comes with energy-efficient hardware components that work closely with the operating system to preserve power.



Dell’s Studio Hybrid desktop is 80% smaller than a typical desktop and uses about 70% less power – which makes it an energy front-runner in the otherwise hefty, desktop computer market. Packaged in 95% recyclables, when it’s time to upgrade, the Studio Hybrid comes with its own system recycling kit.

Dell is known for its commitment to reducing desktop and laptop energy consumption. In the past decade, the company has produced energy-efficient desktop PC’s that are actually 50% more efficient than their previous models.

On the other hand, Apple’s Mac mini has been marketed as the most energy-efficient desktop computer in the world. It takes up very little space, uses minimal packaging, contains a built-in power supply, is twice as fast as its predecessor and uses less than 11W of power when idle. It not only fulfills the Energy Star 6.0 power requirements, it meets them with an 87% margin. Made with recyclable aluminium, the Mac Mini is about as big as a bread and butter plate – making it the smallest and most material-efficient desktop on the market.


Portable devices

A third option to reduce business electricity bills, rising in popularity, is the use of tablets, detachable monitors and portable all-in-one devices. Using a combination of products and making conscious task-driven choices, it’s possible to use energy more efficiently while on the move. More efficient than laptops and desktops, mobile devices offer businesses another way to reduce energy costs. Taking care of certain tasks through a portable device could, in theory, reduce energy costs in the workplace. It may not suit every business, but it might be worth considering.


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Advice provided is indicative only and individual circumstances will affect results. For further information on energy saving tips, please visit the websites listed below.

Date: 17 November 2014
Category: Business

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