Commercial plug load

server and network cables
Small embedded data centers—your most overlooked opportunity for energy savings Have you considered how much energy your small embedded data center (SEDC) consumes? SEDCs are estimated to account for nearly one percent of the total electricity use in the U.S. As much as one third of this usage is unnecessary, but most energy efficiency programs or IT service providers overlook it. More
SEDC infographic
Small embedded data centers: your most overlooked opportunity for energy savings Have you considered how much energy your small embedded data center (SEDC) consumes? SEDCs are estimated to account for nearly one percent of the total electricity use in the U.S. As much as one third of this usage is unnecessary, but most energy efficiency programs or IT service providers overlook it. More
building automation
Deep energy savings. Lower installation and commissioning costs. All commercial building types. It’s time to move beyond lighting replacements. More
Embedded data centers in Wisconsin infographic
SEDCs are one of the fastest growing end uses of electrical energy in commercial buildings. This equipment consumes approximately 98 GWh annually at a cost to Wisconsin businesses of $10.7 million. Almost one third of this energy use is unnecessary and could be reduced through a range of IT measures and strategies, many of which are eligible for Focus on Energy incentives. We conducted a study to provide Focus on Energy a better understanding of number, type and efficiency level of SEDCs in Wisconsin. More
Back-of-the-Envelope calculator
Our Back-of-the-Envelope calculator is a learning tool that allows anyone to interact with a building as an energy system. You can see real-time energy connections between building components, isolate the effects of changing a single energy parameter, or produce concept-level energy and CO2 emissions estimates. When it comes to building energy consumption, nearly everything affects everything. It's very difficult to get a feel for energy efficiency among the complicated interactions. More
Data center
View full infographic Small embedded data centers (SEDCs) are one of the fastest growing end uses of electrical energy in commercial buildings and are estimated to account for nearly one percent of the total electricity use in the U.S. By some accounts, as much as one third of this usage is unnecessary, but this premise has not been addressed by Focus on Energy programs or by most device manufacturers. More
Powering down, powering off
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 increasing nationwide. The energy efficiency industry needs to do more to both identify and quantify strategies for reducing plug load. More