Finding an energy efficient laptop computer has become much easier in the last year. There is now a good range of laptop/notebook computers which meet the U.S. Govt's Energy Star requirements for efficiency. These Energy Star laptops are easily identifiable thanks to the blue Energy Star logo which will appear on qualifying products and their packaging.
What to look for in an Energy Efficient laptop computer
First its important to note that choosing a laptop computer over a desktop model you are making a more efficient choice. Within the wide range of laptop computers available you can make an even more efficient choice by looking for one which is Energy Star compliant. In addition look for laptops which are also RoHS compliant. RoHS is a manufacturing standard used in the EU to limit the use of hazardous materials in consumer products. RoHS is a great standard and is much more strict than current US standards. Fortunately more and more computer manufacturers are realizing it makes sense to sell products which are RoHS compliant in the US since they already make them for sale in the EU.
Amazon.com has made it extremely easy to find Energy Star laptops by creating a special section on there website where they list all current laptops in their inventory which meet the criteria.
Currently there are 140 Energy Star laptop/notebook computers on Amazon nearly all of them are offered with free shipping.
Buying an Energy Star laptop computer isn't necessarily more expensive than a non Energy Star model. When looking at the specifications for a laptop you are considering check to see if the computer meets Energy Star criteria. Since even the most basic laptop computers are perfectly capable of handling the vast majority of computer users needs these days choosing the ideal laptop is really a matter of personal preference. There are a number of choices both PC and Apple Macs which are reasonably priced and packed with features and efficiency.
Some of the energy efficient laptop computers I like are:
13" Apple Macbook sleek design ultra portable and reliable. Excellent reviews, Energy Star.
13" Sony VAIO XBrite-ECO LED display, RoHS compliant, Silver EPEAT, Energy Star
15.4" Sony VAIO New super affordable XBrite-ECO display, RoHS compliant, Energy Star
13" Apple MacBook Air super slim, LED display, ECO packaging, Energy Star
There four computers are models I like because they combine functionality, efficiency and good design in their build. There are a number of other Energy Star models available from these companies as well as HP, Dell, and Toshiba. Check Amazon's selection for a wide range of current offerings.