Standard to Manage Internal Heat Gains from Plug Loads

New Standard Provides Method for Determining Heat Gain of Office Equipment ACHR News, May 25, 2015. Image credit: Gazebo Growing use of plug loads in buildings as well as insufficient data on how much energy they generate present a challenge to engineers in determining how to best cool a building. ASHRAE has announced a new … Read more

What’s Your Home’s Minimum Power Consumption?


Your home is full of devices that never turn off. And they’re costing you a lot of money. The Washington Post, February 6, 2015 If your home has a smart meter, here’s an experiment: Log in to your power company’s Web site, and see how much electricity you use during the hour from 3 to 4 … Read more

New ST/Flextronics Zero No-Load Plug-in Charger

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STMicroelectronics and Flextronics Reveal World’s First Plug-In Charger Platform with Zero No-Load Power Consumption Globe Newswire, February 18, 2015 STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications and a leader in ICs for Power Conversion, and Flextronics, an innovative supply chain solutions company that delivers design, engineering, manufacturing and … Read more

Xcel Energy Offers Plug-In Rates for EVs

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Xcel proposes low-cost, off-peak rates for plug-in cars Star Tribune, January 30, 2015 Plugging in an electric vehicle soon will get significantly cheaper for Minnesota customers of Xcel Energy Inc., the state’s largest power company. The utility asked state regulators Friday to approve a rate for overnight home charging of electric cars at a 43 … Read more

The Best Time of Day to Charge Your Smartphone


Should we unplug our chargers each night? Tech Radar, January 17, 2015 If you own a smartphone of any description then you’re probably familiar with seeing the battery warning level light flick on at some point during the evening. It’s now become standard practice for phones to be charged up at least once every 24 … Read more

Plugwise Study Results Present Reduction Opportunities for Building Plug Loads

The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC) recently participated in a Carnegie Mellon University study to confirm the extent to which employee behavior can improve the company’s energy efficiency. This “Plugwise” study focused on how knowledge and control influence behavior and found that PNC employees who monitored their energy use and automated the timeframe for specific devices to turn on and off reduced their energy consumption by 38 percent.

Using HOBO Loggers to Identify Cable Set-Top Box Energy Savings Potential

Onset, a world leader in data loggers, today announced that engineering and energy efficiency consulting firm Alternative Energy Systems Consulting (AESC) will use 25 Onset HOBO Plug Load loggers to identify the energy savings potential of cable set-top box (STB) optimization.