Apple Mac mini tops energy efficiency charts for personal computers

The New Mac mini Apple’s Mac mini tops sust-it’s energy efficiency charts for computers. Having been slated by Greenpeace in 2006, when they launched their ‘Green my Apple Campaign’ Apple has responded by making their products more recyclable, removing toxic materials and now proving that they can make fast and energy efficiency computers too.

Ross Lammas, sust-it’s proprietor said in the press release: “There’s a staggering difference between the energy consumption of computers in the marketplace; you could save nearly £150 per year on electricity in choosing the most efficient models. We’ve been highlighting these savings through our unique ranking system and it’s great news that Apple has responded to the environmental issues, I hope other manufacturers will follow their lead”.

By using sust-it’s energy consumption website that ranks over 5000 electrical products by their energy efficiency, you can spot those appliances that contribute to your inflated electricity bills and CO2 emissions. You could save over £600 a year by buying energy saving products.

The sust-it site is constantly updated and contains a wide range of products from TVs to chest freezers. You can even switch between electricity tariffs so you can see what other energy providers have in-store and calculate your CO2 emissions at the same time – it even works on the iPhone instore.

Apple’s Mac mini models take sust-it’s top 4 spots in the in-use power consumption chart here.

Source: sust-it


  1. So let me get this straight, Apple computers can actually save you money each year?

    The more you use them the more you save?

    That’s an Apple tax you can bank on!

    Go AAPL!

  2. We are in the process of renegotiating a contract for IT purchasing for an organization that has about 40000 computers deployed. If we replaced our current models with Minis at end of life the savings in electricity costs would save us more than half of the difference in the purchase price over the 4 year life of the computer. If we stretch them out to 5 years life and they prove to be more reliable than the computers they are replacing we could save even more on support and administration. The packaging is also much smaller. All of this is predicated on booting them solely in Windows XP/7 just like with the other computers.

    This would also allow us to make the stepwise transition to running OS X as default and use Safari and Notes for Mac instead of IE and Notes for Windows while still retaining Windows Apps as needed, which could drastically reduce our threat exposure and eventually reduce our security costs.

  3. My Mac Pro is near the BOTTOM of the list? OK, I can live with that. Y’see … my previous Dual G5 PowerMac used more energy, both with its CPUs <u>and</u> with its fans. than my entire Mac Pro. Plus it does twice the work of a mini, having four cores each running at a higher clock speed. And, yeah, all four are running close to the max most of the time.

  4. Let’s see … three times the output and <u>eight times</u> the power use? OK, I could have saved a bit, there. I could have saved even more by waiting just a bit longer (it’s always “just a bit longer”) for the i7 iMac … about as much power (more or less, depending on use) using maybe 20% of the electricity.

  5. Maxwell, you might be right (I honestly don’t know) but I know my company’s hosting plan is on a “shared” server with a popular hosting company and I would find it hard to believe that a Mac mini would be a better choice than a full rack mounted server on any platform. You get redundant power supplies, better performance, etc with blade servers vs. a Mac mini.

    But yeah, I am not an expert (nor am I computer illiterate).


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