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Advanced power strips (APS) save energy by controlling the power supplied to plug-in devices during unoccupied periods. Plug loads from office equipment plugged into outlets average approximately 30% of electricity use in office settings. A variety of APS technologies exist on the market that vary in complexity, control strategies, data collection abilities, and costs.
Potential barriers for APSs include: occupant acceptance, communications, lack of personnel time for analysis, and complex controls in some instances. These devices may require operations and maintenance to update controls, manage data, and troubleshoot incorrect operations and communication failures on a regular basis. It is important to engage occupants throughout plug load management activities navigate these potential barriers.
- Manage plug loads by utilizing advanced power strips (APSs) and plug load control strategies applicable to the space's specific equipment and use.
- Explore SFTool's Plug Load content to discover what you can do to limit the unnecessary energy use of plug loads.
- Educate occupants on the importance of plug load management, and assist them in understanding the technologies and strategies being implemented.
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