Topic: plug load

Articles

Sustainable: Reducing the energy waste of ‘plug load’
01.03.17 | An article in Finance and Commerce features our recent study of plug load in commercial buildings in Minnesota. MORE
Assessing plug load in commercial buildings
07.07.15 | There is a need to characterize the plug loads in Minnesota office buildings, identify specific strategies for reducing these loads, and prioritize the strategies based on their potential to help utilities achieve Minnesota’s energy savings goal.... MORE
In the field: what can we do about the growing electrical consumption from plug-in devices?
01.01.09 | The Energy Center of Wisconsin is helping to shape the direction of energy efficiency programs targeting plug-in devices. We're fielding a research project in Minnesota throughout 2009 investigating the potential savings associated with consumer... MORE

New technology profiles

Plug load controls
02.06.14 | The equipment that we plug into wall sockets in our homes and offices contributes significantly to the amount of energy we use. Plug load from household electronics can account for as much as 25 percent of a household’s energy use. In office... MORE

Initiatives

Powering down, powering off
11.01.16 | Plug load energy—from computers to copiers to water coolers—represents a relatively untapped energy savings resource in commercial buildings. And unlike most types of loads like lighting, heating, and other end uses, plug load energy use is... MORE

Publications

Power down, power off
12.12.16 | This fact sheet was developed as part of a commercial plug load study funded by the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources. MORE
Impacts of offfice plug load reduction strategies
12.12.16 | Seventhwave, along with the Center for Energy and Environment and LHB, conducted a field research study to demonstrate and measure savings from potential plug load reduction strategies in office buildings. We also characterized the types of devices... MORE
Advancing the last frontier: reduction of commercial plug loads
12.12.16 | ACEEE 2016 paper by Scott Hackel, et al. MORE
Electricity Savings Opportunities for Home Electronics and Other Plug-In Devices in Minnesota Homes: A Technical and Behavioral Field Assessment
09.20.12 | This report summarizes an investigation of electricity savings opportunities in Minnesota homes related to home electronics and other plug-in devices. Datasets Three datasets from this research are also available for public use. Energy researchers... MORE
Energy Savings Opportunities with Home Electronics and Other Plug-Load Devices: Results from a Minnesota Field Study
09.20.12 | This ACEEE paper presents the results of a comprehensive study of residential plug-in devices in Minnesota. The greatest plug load opportunity—and the easiest to implement—lies in enabling computer power management on existing desktop computers. (... MORE
Unplug for Savings
09.20.12 | The September/October 2010 issue of Home Energy Magazine features an article on the Energy Center's plug load study by Ingo Bensch and Scott Pigg. MORE
Habits, Adjustments, or Acquisitions: What Behaviors Will Minnesotans Change to Stay Above Average?
09.20.12 | At the Behavior, Energy and Climate Change Conference (November 2009), Scott Pigg and Ingo Bensch presented preliminary findings from a field study that points to untapped opportunities for residential energy savings. MORE

Videos

Scouting for residential electricity savings (project overview)
12.19.13 | Seventhwave (formerly the Energy Center of Wisconsin), with the funding support of the Minnesota Office of Energy Security and Minnesota Power Company, directed a timely consumer electronics field study on behaviors and usage patterns of homes... MORE

Webinars

Advancing the last frontier: reduction of commercial plug loads
10.12.16 | Plug load energy—from computers to copiers to water coolers—represents a relatively untapped energy savings resource in commercial buildings. And unlike most types of loads like lighting, heating, and other end uses, plug load energy use is... MORE
Scouting for residential electricity savings
01.26.10 | U.S. households are plugged in—there are now about 25 consumer electronic products in every household, compared with just three in 1980. A year-long field study in Minnesota sheds new light on the make-up of this growing electrical load and... MORE