Commercial plug load

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building automation
Research | April 11, 2020
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
Infographic | April 2, 2020
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
Tool | January 1, 2019
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
Research | December 20, 2018
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
Research | December 19, 2018
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