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Plug and Process Loads PPLs consume about one third of primary energy in buildings. PPL efficiency has become pertinent in achieving aggressive energy targets. Energy reduction strategies and applications cover a wide variety of electronic, computer, refrigeration and cooking devices, as well as equipment essential to buildings that operate in the hospitality sector in your community. PPL Control Strategies vary by building type:
Turn it off promotes occupant awareness to turn equipment off when not in use, including training, newsletters, emails, signage, videos, reminders, updates and incentive programs.
Advanced Power Strips APSs are similar to conventional power strips that are often used to plug multiple electronic devices into a wall outlet and have built-in technology to save energy when the devices are not in use. APS Technical Specification offers guidance on the APS procurement process and selecting effective APS models. The Better Building Alliance has developed a one-page how-to guide on properly installing APS.
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Equipment with Low-Energy and ENERGY STAR® Certified Equipment. Significant energy savings can be achieved by replacing old, inefficient equipment with low-energy or ENERGY STAR® certified equipment.
Built-in automatic low-power state functionality, such as standby and sleep modes saves energy. Automatic low-power states provide limited control, but when configured correctly are inexpensive and effective energy-saving strategy.
Design Strategies new construction and major retrofit projects offer design teams new PPL reduction opportunities to identify and remove standard specifications, operations, and design standards that limit energy-saving opportunities.
Space Efficiency is achieved by consolidating rooms, common and dining areas. Equipment in these areas is used more efficiently when consolidated rather than distributed, thus lowering PPLs.
Integrating PPL controls with other building systems by integrating electrical system and control outlets at workstations, achieved by installing switches, vacancy sensors, timed disconnects and controlling outlets through the building management system.
Sub-metering and control options for new properties and extensive retrofits. PPLs should be aggregated onto dedicated PPL electrical panels; circuits can be integrated into a building control system to turn off PPLs during nonbusiness hours. These panels also allow for easy energy sub-metering.
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