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Plug loads are the electrical loads in a building due to the various devices that are plugged into receptacles. Examples of plug-load devices include, but are not limited to, the following: computers, printers, task lights, vending machines, desk fans, etc. Recent research shows that desk-based technologies and electronics in office settings can consume significant amounts of energy that are often not taken into account in energy monitoring and reduction strategies. These technologies are generally under the control of individual workers rather than centrally operated, making plug loads "orphans." They are usually not managed until there is a plan in place to do soopens in new window. Workstation plug-loads are not the only challenge. Electronic equipment in shared spaces—such as print/copy rooms and break rooms—can also be a significant energy consumer, and with no one person responsible for turning it off, shared equipment is often left “on” indefinitely. 

Plug loads as a share of overall building energy use is higher in energy efficient buildings. In minimally code-compliant office buildings, plug loads may account for up to 25% of total energy consumption. But in high efficiency buildings, plug loads may account for more than 50% of the total energy consumption.

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  • Building Plug Loads - GSA Sustainable Facilities Tool

    Building Plug Loads Plug loads can average approximately 30% of electricity...attributed to parasitic loads (power draw of a plug-load that is not performing
    https://sftool.gov › learn › about › 572 › building-plug-loads
  • Sustainability Topics - GSA Sustainable Facilities Tool

    ...reading: Sustainable Sites Plug Loads Plug loads refer to energy used by equipment...equipment that is plugged into an outlet. In an office, key plug loads include computer
    https://sftool.gov › learn › 1 › sustainability-topics
  • MaterialDetails - GSA Sustainable Facilities Tool

    Device Description Certain plug-loads have predictable load profiles. These devices...effectively manage a predictable plug-load. It applies user-programmed schedules
    https://sftool.gov › material › 2166 › schedule-timer-control-device
  • Other Useful GPC Links - GSA Sustainable Facilities Tool

    Useful GPC Links Share Did You Know? Plug loads can average approximately 30% of...attributed to parasitic loads (power draw of a plug-load that is not performing
    https://sftool.gov › learn › about › 540 › other-gpc-links
  • SFTool Product Search - GSA Sustainable Facilities Tool

    Product Search Share Did You Know? Plug loads can average approximately 30% of...attributed to parasitic loads (power draw of a plug-load that is not performing
    https://sftool.gov › learn › about › 551 › sftool-product-search
  • MaterialDetails - GSA Sustainable Facilities Tool

    ...occupancy-control device. It energizes a plug-load when it receives manual input from...from a user and de-energizes the plug-load automatically based on lack of occupancy
    https://sftool.gov › material › 2169 › manual-on-vacancy-off-control-device
  • Support Area - Details View - GSA Sustainable Facilities Tool

    Manage plug loads by utilizing advanced power strips (APSs) and plug load control...Educate occupants on the importance of plug load management, and assist them in understanding
    https://sftool.gov › explore › green-workspace › 87 › support-area
  • Flexible Workplace Design - GSA Sustainable Facilities Tool

    ...of reconfiguring space and cabling. Plug and play data and telecom closets enable...http://www.actweb.org Share Did You Know? Plug loads can average approximately 30% of
    https://sftool.gov › learn › about › 243 › flexible-workplace-design
  • Building Systems Upgrades - GSA Sustainable Facilities Tool

    ...energy performance Include electrical loads and controls in commissioning plan...(APS) to control the power supplied to plug-in devices during unoccupied periods
    https://sftool.gov › plan › 267 › building-systems-upgrades
  • Site Map - GSA Sustainable Facilities Tool

    Quality (IEQ) Materials & Resources Plug Loads Sustainable Response to COVID-19...Air Conditioning (HVAC) Building Plug Loads Buildings' Energy Use Buildings'
    https://sftool.gov › home › sitemap
  • Net Zero Examples - GSA Sustainable Facilities Tool

    Center Loads for a Large-Scale, Low Energy Office Building Reducing Plug and Process...Process Loads for a Large Scale, Low Energy Office Building: NREL's Research
    https://sftool.gov › plan › 422 › net-examples
  • MaterialDetails - GSA Sustainable Facilities Tool

    ...Load-Sensing Control Device Description Plug loads may have a primary-secondary...operation of other (master) devices. A load-sensing control device should be implemented
    https://sftool.gov › material › 2167 › load-sensing-control-device
  • Furniture, Fixtures, and Equipment - GSA Sustainable Facilities Tool

    ...(APS) to control the power supplied to plug-in devices during unoccupied periods...vacancy-off control devices for plug loads such as monitors Deploy scheduled
    https://sftool.gov › plan › 264 › furniture-fixtures-equipment
  • MaterialDetails - GSA Sustainable Facilities Tool

    Manual Control Description Most plug-loads can be manually powered down with
    https://sftool.gov › material › 2164 › manual-control
  • Grid-Interactive Efficient Buildings - GSA Sustainable Facilities Tool

    ...technologies to dynamically shape energy loads, help agencies meet their missions...operators and the taxpayer. Typical Daily Load Profiles by Building TypeSource: Rocky
    https://sftool.gov › learn › about › 638 › grid-interactive-efficient-buildings
  • Resources > Submetering - GSA Sustainable Facilities Tool

    ...accuracy, identify energy-consuming loads, and document energy reduction efforts...anomalies. Identifies energy-consuming loads Enables remote monitoring of usage
    https://sftool.gov › explore › green-building › section › 92 › submetering › resources-impact
  • Leasing Specialist > User Guides - GSA Sustainable Facilities Tool

    ...indoor environmental quality and plug loads View system bundling opportunities
    https://sftool.gov › green-guidance › for › 3 › leasing-specialist
  • Building Operations and Maintenance Services - GSA Sustainable Facilities Tool

    ...(APS) to control the power supplied to plug-in devices during unoccupied periods...vacancy-off control devices for plug loads such as task lighting and monitors
    https://sftool.gov › plan › 268 › building-operations-maintenance-services
  • Transformation to Net Zero Energy - GSA Sustainable Facilities Tool

    ...facilitate conversion to renewable energy? Load reduction. Develop policies and active...sensors for lighting. Process and plug load management. Passive strategies. Passive
    https://sftool.gov › plan › 421 › transformation-net-energy
  • Partnering with the U.S. Department of Energy for Efficiency

    Circulator Pump ● Boiler Load Optimization Control Plug Loads ● Data-driven Receptacle...boiler control, reduces waste BOILER LOAD OPTIMIZATION CONTROL AT A GLANCE… Optimizes
    https://sftool.gov › Content › attachments › Iswg › iswg-tools › Commercial Buildings Integration Group Update.pdf

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