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, and copiers. Plug loads can average approximately 30% of electricity use in office settings, much of which can be attributed to parasitic loads.
Government agencies purchase millions of dollars’ worth of awards and plaques each year for awards programs, recognition ceremonies and other initiatives. Recovered-content awards are generally made from blown glass while plaques can be made with a variety of recovered materials including wood, paper, plastic and plastic/wood composites.
Federal agencies are required by statute to purchase products as designated or specified under this program