On July 20, new EPA specifications for computers come online; the agency estimates that if U.S. businesses purchased only Energy Star-compliant systems next year, they could save $1.2 billion over the lifetimes of their new computers.
And the effort isn't stopping there. The IEEE's Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE) group is studying how to cut Ethernet's power requirements through a technology called RPS, or Rapid PHY Selection. The EEE says its effort could save $450 million per year in electricity costs.
Anyone who's watched the energy tab for Ethernet switches, routers, desktops and servers rise should welcome the opportunity to buy more efficient systems. It's a little too early to tell, however, if the news is all good.