Set Your Student Up for Success with These 4 Energy-Efficient Electronics

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It’s hard to believe that it’s already back-to-school time! And you know what that means – it’s time to shop for school supplies!

Besides old-school (and energy-efficient) standbys like pencils, paper and pens, your student will probably be needing electronics.

While energy efficiency may not be top of mind when shopping for supplies, PSO has found four ENERGY STAR® certified products that make the grade!


When we say “tablet,” we don’t mean the spiral-bound, paper kind. School isn’t the same as it was when we were kids, as electronic tablets are now super common — and super helpful — for studying, taking notes, or researching. Whether it’s for browsing the internet or streaming videos (educational, of course), get your student an ENERGY STAR® certified model. When it comes to simple tasks, such as browsing the web or streaming content, ENERGY STAR certified tablets use significantly less energy than other devices.


Computers are a must for students these days. We strongly recommend going with a laptop, which can use up to 80% less energy than a desktop! Save even more with an ENERGY STAR certified model, which uses up to 40% less than conventional models!


Does your student insist on having a desktop with a monitor the size of a small car? Don’t worry, just because the monitor is as advanced as a space station doesn’t mean it has to use as much energy as one. Go with an ENERGY STAR certified monitor, which uses 7% less energy than standard models.

TVs and A/V

We get it, your college-bound student may need electronics for something other than school work (we were college students once too). So, if your student wants to turn their dorm room into a screening room, there are ENERGY STAR certified TVs that come in multiple sizes and save up to 25% more than conventional models. What’s a big TV without a state-of-the-art sound system, right? Good thing there are ENERGY STAR certified models for A/V equipment that use up to 70% less energy than standard units.

Try these four awesome (and energy efficient) electronics and your kids will rule back-to-school!