Electronics and Energy Efficiency : A Plug Load Characterization Study

TitleElectronics and Energy Efficiency : A Plug Load Characterization Study
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsPeters JS, Frank M, Van Clock J, Armstrong A
AbstractElectronic devices now consume more electricity in U.S. buildings than any other single end-use, including space heating and cooling, water heating, and lighting.1 The products in this category are diverse, their individual energy use ranges from negligible to off-the-charts, and as a group they are driving significant increases in residential and commercial building energy consumption. The purpose of this study was to develop a market characterization for eight electronics products identified as having potential for inclusion in Southern California Edison’s 2010-2012 Business and Consumer Electronics Program: set-top boxes, servers, game consoles, imaging equipment, home audio receivers, “smart” power strips and surge protectors, uninterruptible power supplies, and external power supplies. TVs, PCs, and displays (monitors) were excluded from the study because similar research was being undertaken by other utilities. The report which follows is based on a review of secondary literature and in-depth telephone interviews with 54 energy efficiency and utility program staff, manufacturers, and industry trade organizations. Although this study was designed to address the specific needs of one utility, data was collected at a national level and therefore will likely be useful to other utilities and policymakers. The report begins with a summary of key findings across all products, followed by a chapter with sections on each product.