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Plug Loads

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

    Sustainable Response to COVID-19 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
  • Recycling Checklist - GSA Sustainable Facilities Tool

    Recycling Basics 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 › 617 › recycling-checklist
  • 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
  • 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
  • Circadian Light - GSA Sustainable Facilities Tool

    ...and Health. 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 › 577 › circadian-light
  • Site Map - GSA Sustainable Facilities Tool

    Quality (IEQ) Materials & Resources Plug Loads Sustainability Program Development...Air Conditioning (HVAC) Building Plug Loads Buildings' Energy Use Buildings'
    https://sftool.gov › home › sitemap
  • 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
  • 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

    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
  • 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
  • Occupancy adjusted EUI

    ...use from non-weather related occupant loads Study Approach (2) 4 GSA Headquarters...could pertain to loads influenced by occupancy (e.g. plug loads) and the effects
    https://sftool.gov › Content › attachments › Iswg › iswg-case-studies › 4 - EUI_Findings_Presentation_to_ISWG_011017.pdf
  • Submetering - GSA Sustainable Facilities Tool

    ...ability to analyze specific energy load performance at the system-level, benchmark...efficiency. Accurate estimation of energy loads Submeters are used to more accurately
    https://sftool.gov › plan › submetering › gas
  • Submetering - GSA Sustainable Facilities Tool

    ...ability to analyze specific energy load performance at the system-level, benchmark...efficiency. Accurate estimation of energy loads Submeters are used to more accurately
    https://sftool.gov › plan › submetering › electrical-circuit
  • Submetering - GSA Sustainable Facilities Tool

    ...ability to analyze specific energy load performance at the system-level, benchmark...efficiency. Accurate estimation of energy loads Submeters are used to more accurately
    https://sftool.gov › plan › submetering › water

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