With emerging technologies in the energy industry, utilities face increasing pressure to innovate and keep up with their customers’ expectations. Even utilities that haven’t traditionally been innovative are taking multipronged approaches to keep consumers happy now—and to keep them happy (and connected) into the future.
As businesses increasingly monitor their energy usage, plug loads tend to be overlooked. And that’s a costly mistake, according to the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA).
Plug loads come from equipment that’s plugged into a standard 120V outlet. Some of the most common plug loads include computers, monitors, printers, copiers, telephones and task lighting. Coffeemakers and water coolers are other ongoing energy drains.
Research shows that most U.S. households own an average of four digital devices, including TVs, computers, tablets and smartphones. These devices are often plugged in 24/7, even when they're not in use. According to ENERGY STAR® data, this vampire energy suck can increase a household's overall electric usage by as much as 10 percent.