New technology profiles

02.06.14 | The equipment that we plug into wall sockets in our homes and offices contributes significantly to the amount of energy we use. Plug load from household electronics can account for as much as 25 percent of a household’s energy use. In office...

Initiatives

11.01.16 | Plug load energy—from computers to copiers to water coolers—represents a relatively untapped energy savings resource in commercial buildings. And unlike most types of loads like lighting, heating, and other end uses, plug load energy use is...

Publications

12.12.16 | This fact sheet was developed as part of a commercial plug load study funded by the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources.
12.12.16 | Seventhwave, along with the Center for Energy and Environment and LHB, conducted a field research study to demonstrate and measure savings from potential plug load reduction strategies in office buildings. We also characterized the types of devices...
12.12.16 | ACEEE 2016 paper by Scott Hackel, et al.
09.20.12 | This report summarizes an investigation of electricity savings opportunities in Minnesota homes related to home electronics and other plug-in devices. Datasets Three datasets from this research are also available for public use. Energy researchers...
09.20.12 | The September/October 2010 issue of Home Energy Magazine features an article on the Energy Center's plug load study by Ingo Bensch and Scott Pigg.
09.20.12 | This ACEEE paper presents the results of a comprehensive study of residential plug-in devices in Minnesota. The greatest plug load opportunity—and the easiest to implement—lies in enabling computer power management on existing desktop computers. (...
09.20.12 | At the Behavior, Energy and Climate Change Conference (November 2009), Scott Pigg and Ingo Bensch presented preliminary findings from a field study that points to untapped opportunities for residential energy savings.

Videos

12.19.13 | Seventhwave (formerly the Energy Center of Wisconsin), with the funding support of the Minnesota Office of Energy Security and Minnesota Power Company, directed a timely consumer electronics field study on behaviors and usage patterns of homes...

Webinars

10.12.16 | Plug load energy—from computers to copiers to water coolers—represents a relatively untapped energy savings resource in commercial buildings. And unlike most types of loads like lighting, heating, and other end uses, plug load energy use is...
01.26.10 | View the webinar on-demand: U.S. households are plugged in—there are now about 25 consumer electronic products in every household, compared with just three in 1980. A year-long field study in Minnesota sheds new light on the make-up of this...

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