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  • Plug Loads

    Plug loads refer to energy used by equipment that is plugged into an outlet. In an office, key plug loads include computer and monitors, printers...

  • Energy & Atmosphere

    Buildings and facilities rely on the operation of mechanical systems and electrical systems to maintain a high level of indoor environmenta...

  • Flexible Workplace Design

    Today’s workplaces are often in flux. Organizations change direction or develop new services. People move to new sp...

  • Space Reconfiguration and Renovation Projects

    As needs change over time, tenants often need to convert space or phase the conversion of individual space or rooms to meet these changing needs....

Parasitic Loads/Standby Power

Parasitic loads, or standby power, are the power draw of electrical equipment, including computers, printers, tasks lights, etc., when in the "off" state. Some research defines parasitic loads as the power draw of a plug load, in any state, that is not performing useful work.This power is consumed by power supplies, the circuits and sensors needed to receive a remote signal, soft keypads and displays including miscellaneous light-emitting diode (LED) status lights.

Parasitic loads present a large opportunity for plug load energy savings. All parasitic loads waste energy and should be transitioned to the lowest power state possible, preferably completely powered down. 

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Whole Building Systems

Materials

  • Automatic Low-Power State

    The first, and in some cases most effective, control method is a built-in, automatic low-power state functionality such as standby or sleep. Some ma...
  • Load-Sensing Control Device

    Plug loads may have a primary-secondary relationship. A primary device, such as a computer, operates independently of other (slave) devices. A secon...
  • Freezer

    Walk-in and reach-in freezers should have fully-gasketed doors to fully contain the cold air within, and walls should be adequat...