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Tips for Plug Load Energy Reductions: It’s All about the Data

Tips for Plug Load Energy Reductions: It’s All about the Data

Dan Pidgeon, ERS, for Zondits With a lot of focus on green buildings and energy efficiency upgrades such as lighting and HVAC, plug loads now account for a much greater percentage of building energy use. A typical office building can expect plug loads to make up 25% of the total electrical load. However, in an

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Greedy Gadgets are Nibbling Away at Your Electricity Bill

Silent and costly: how standby gadgets rack up energy bills The Telegraph, February 7, 2017 Beware of the gadgets silently running up your gas and electricity bills, probably at this very second. These quietly greedy gadgets are nibbling away at your electricity, quietly racking up what you pay. Energy efficiency is a hot topic, and

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Reducing Phantom Power Loads

Energy Efficiency Through Plug Load Control: Not Exciting…But Effective Energy Manager Today, July 6, 2016 A July feature at Automated Buildings put the topic in context. The piece, written by Alerton’s Kevin Callahan and Kevin Clinger, pointed to two reasons that plug loads should be paid attention to. Ensuring continuity of operations is one. The other,

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Drawing Power: Plug Load Management

Plugged In: Trends in Plug Load Monitoring and Management Automated Buildings, July 2016 Equipment plugged into wall outlets represents an ever larger share of energy consumption in buildings, so naturally building pros are looking there for energy savings. Plug loads now consume about 15% – 20% of electricity in offices, and as much as 40%

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Commercial Coffee Brewers Added to an ENERGY STAR Program

Commercial Coffee Brewers Now Eligible Energy Star, July 27, 2016 On July 8, 2016, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized an ENERGY STAR specification adding commercial coffee brewers to the program. Coffee brewers are found in nearly every commercial establishment, from office buildings to hotels. The strict new energy efficiency requirements these products will have

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Improving the Efficiency of Pay-TV Set Top Boxes

Wheeler: Set-Top Plan Is Energy Efficient Broadcasting & Cable, July 21, 2016 FCC chairman Tom Wheeler has assured Capitol Hill that the FCC’s “unlock the box” set-top proposal will reduce energy consumption. That came in a letter to Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) just published on the FCC’s website. “I share your interest in ensuring that

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Managing Office Plug Loads

5 Simple Steps for Managing Your Plug Load New Buildings Institute Step 1: Review Start smart by gathering your data. Who are your stakeholders? Identify who in your office should be involved in decisions about plug-load devices. Stakeholder expertise is critical to achieving buy-in. What is your budget, and what are your goals? Your plan

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New DOE Standards Address the Battery Charger System

New Federal Battery Charger Efficiency Standards Will Power America’s Mobility without Costing the Earth NRDC, May 9, 2016 Small devices, big savings The DOE’s new standards, released last Friday, are designed to make chargers more efficient by just over 10 percent on average when they go into effect in May 2018, saving 500 million kilowatt-hours

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