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  1. Tracking Energy Usage in a New Way

    July 7, 2015 | 2 comments

    Energy audits are a great way to assess building performance, identify potential areas of waste, and improve energy efficiency. But this process can take time, as well as require the involvement of energy-efficiency experts. (more…)

  2. Comparing Your Plug Load

    December 4, 2013 | 0 comments

    It comes as no surprise that plug loads (also known as “miscellaneous energy loads”) are one of the fastest-growing sources of energy use in commercial and institutional buildings. According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), 15% to 20% of total energy use is dedicated to supporting plug load: computers, monitors, printers, phones, task lights, coffeemakers, rechargeable tools, space heaters, fans, copiers, cell phone chargers, or anything that is plugged in.

    Buildings that have invested in energy-efficient HVAC or lighting upgrades can sometimes see plug loads as high as 50% of total energy use. (Because these efficient building systems are using less energy, plug load becomes a bigger part of the equation.) In 2011, the EIA estimated that plug load levels would grow by another 60% by 2030. (more…)

  3. Plug Load Management for Your Building

    August 21, 2012 | 0 comments

    plug load managementAmongst lighting, HVAC, and window upgrades, as facilities managers work hard to lower energy use, an often-overlooked component is plug load.

    Plug loads consist of devices powered from an electrical outlet; they aren’t hard-wired or (more…)