Plug and process loads (PPLs) consume nearly one-third of primary energy in U.S. commercial buildings, and their energy use is projected to grow as the number and intensity of plug-in devices continue to increase. Fortunately, there are numerous easy-to-implement strategies to control and reduce PPL energy consumption. To assist building owners in identifying appropriate control strategies for their buildings, the Better Buildings Alliance published a series of decision guides for plug and process load controls that detail several control strategies including awareness campaigns, advanced power strips, and design considerations.
The guides use simple icons to visually represent costs, potential energy savings, project complexities, and the technical ease of the various control strategies. Additionally, each guide is tailored to show how the control strategies apply to specific building end uses, offering solutions for education, office, healthcare, hospitality, and several other building types. The PPL resource also characterizes the control strategies by project type, providing users with insight into the appropriateness of the strategies for different stages of building renovation or construction projects.