The University of Montana is committed to reducing energy consumption in its operations. This commitment is met in part by requiring the purchase of Energy Star Certified Equipment.
University personnel who authorize the purchase of energy consuming equipment shall purchase Energy Star equipment for all single and/or mass purchasing actions whenever certified equipment is available. Exceptions to this policy shall be authorized only by the University's procurement officer.
Energy Star is a joint certification program between the US EPA and US DOE certifying products which are more energy efficient than the average. The Energy Star web site lists available products and has a calculator tool for most appliances that can be used to calculate the long-term energy savings from a particular Energy Star appliance.