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Building Technology, Plug Loads

Ask the Expert: How Can You Slay Office Phantom Loads?

27 Oct , 2020  

Max Ma and Amanda Gasse, ERS Question: Plug loads are one of the fastest growing sources of energy use in commercial buildings today. In offices, they account for 15%–20% of office electricity use. Due to COVID-19, commercial office building owners report that offices have not returned to normal occupancy levels. Yet tenants report that, while […]

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Apple’s Environmental Report Shows That HomePod Uses Minimal Power

6 Feb , 2018  

Apple Claims HomePod Uses Less Power Than a Light Bulb www.idropnews.com, January 26, 2018 Apple has published its environmental report for HomePod, detailing, among other things, the product’s sustainability, energy efficiency, and environmental impact. The results? HomePod is, like many of Apple’s products and services, quite environmentally friendly for a tech product. For example, Apple says that […]

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Building Technology, Plug Loads

Target Phantom Plug Loads, Not Phantom Savings

19 Oct , 2017  

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Max Ma, ERS, for Zondits Plug loads are any electrical devices or appliances that draw power from an electrical wall outlet, including computers, monitors, printers, copiers, vending machines, coffee machines, and many others. When plug loads draw power for an extended period in an idle mode, the idle power use is referred to as phantom […]


Building Technology, Plug Loads

Data Center Managers Looking to Achieve 100 Percent Uptime

8 Sep , 2017  

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THE ROAD TO 100 PERCENT UPTIME The Data Center Journal, September 1, 2017 The data center industry is in a period of rapid growth, with the amount of data generated around the world rising exponentially. As a result, data center managers are constantly looking for ways to improve efficiency and reliability on the road to […]

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Building Technology, Plug Loads

Occupancy Sensors and Like Technology Reducing Energy Consumption

1 Aug , 2017  

Digital Enterprises… Funded by Energy Current by GE, 2017 I find it essential when working on first-of-a-kind innovations to believe that anything is possible. And I’ve been very fortunate to work with amazing colleagues, partners and clients who are willing to take on new challenges and lead industries in new ways. Despite this, I’m still […]

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Building Technology, Plug Loads

Simple Ways to Cut Back on Energy Costs

25 Jul , 2017  

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Fast ways to cut your home energy bills CNBC, July 12, 2017 Cutting your energy bill doesn’t have to require much energy — or money — on your part. Consumers aren’t taking advantage of many simple avenues to save money, according to a new survey from marketplace SaveonEnergy.com. Only 14.2 percent say they unplug their home printer […]

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Building Technology, Plug Loads

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

13 Jun , 2017  

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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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Building Technology, Plug Loads

Greedy Gadgets are Nibbling Away at Your Electricity Bill

26 Feb , 2017  

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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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Building Technology, Plug Loads

Reducing Phantom Power Loads

20 Dec , 2016  

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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Building Technology, Plug Loads

Drawing Power: Plug Load Management

28 Nov , 2016  

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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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