20 Jul '12, 1pm

5 Steps to Plug Load Savings: Path to Zero Energy Buildings: #ZEB review remove replace reduce retrain #eefficiency

In the goal of reducing energy costs, businesses–-even those in the energy efficiency industry--have historically focused on upgrades to equipment and facilities, while largely ignoring occupant behavior. But as building systems improve in efficiency, the human side of the energy equation is becoming more important. In fact, as plug loads account for a growing percentage of commercial building electricity consumption, the industry is starting to better understand the ways that occupant behavior contributes dramatically to a building’s energy use--and particularly those related to plug loads . After all, buildings don’t use energy, people do. Fortunately, for owners and occupants, plug load electricity costs can often be lowered by 40% with some simple low- and no-cost measures, such as reducing electronic device time in active and idle modes. That’s just one of many strate...

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