U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Federal Energy Management Program

Executive Order 13221

Executive Order (E.O.) 13221, Energy Efficient Standby Power Devices, calls for Federal agencies to purchase products that use minimal standby power when possible. It was signed on August 2, 2001.

Requirements for Energy Efficiency and Standby Power

This section outlines major requirements defined by E.O. 13221. The content is intended as a reference only. You should refer to the text of E.O. 13221 for more details relevant to your work.

  • Federal agencies must purchase products that use no more than one watt in standby power consuming mode when purchasing commercially-available, off-the-shelf products that use external standby power devices or that contain an internal standby power function.

    • If such products are not available, agencies shall purchase products with the lowest standby power wattage while in their standby power consuming mode.

  • Agencies shall adhere to these requirements when life-cycle cost-effective and practicable, and where the relevant product's utility and performance are not compromised as a result.

  • By December 31, 2001, and on an annual basis thereafter, the Department of Energy (DOE), in consultation with the Department of Defense and the General Services Administration, shall compile a preliminary list of products to be subject to these requirements.

    • The DOE shall finalize the list and may remove products deemed inappropriate for listing.