The California Plug Load Research Center was established in 2011 to improve energy efficiency in the use and design of plug-load devices. CalPlug focuses on energy efficiency solutions, efficiency evaluations of consumer electronics, standards development, education, public outreach, and user behavior studies. CalPlug will address challenges in plug load efficiency for both residential and commercial buildings by collaborating closely with utilities, manufacturers, advocacy groups, research institutions, and energy policy makers.
“Energy-conscious plug loads for how people work, live, and play”
- Easy-to-use, cost-effective energy solutions targeted to the full range of real users, including disadvantaged communities, small businesses, and other hard-to-reach customers, and education and motivating them to participate.
- Seamless integration of plug loads into everyday life – automatically adjusting to users’ needs and usage patterns enabling user input, and giving useful feedback.
- Integration of plug loads into a system approach responding to availability of renewable resources and grid considerations to support sustainability and reduce GHG impact