The Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) develops acquisition guidance for products with low standby power. Standby power is the level of power consumption that occurs when a device is in the lowest power-consuming mode—typically when the product is switched off or not performing its primary purpose.

Federal agencies are required to purchase energy-consuming products with a standby power level of 1 watt or less when compliant models are available on the market. If a product with a standby power level of 1 watt or less is not currently available, a product with the lowest possible standby power level in the product category should be purchased.

FEMP provides resources to help agencies find low standby power products and meet purchasing requirements.