Development of an Energy-Savings Calculation Methodology for Residential Miscellaneous Electric Loads: Preprint
In order to meet whole-house energy savings targets beyond 50% in residential buildings, it will be essential that new technologies and systems approaches be developed to address miscellaneous electric loads (MELs). These MELs are comprised of the small and diverse collection of energy-consuming devices found in homes, including what are commonly known as plug loads (televisions, stereos, microwaves), along with all hard-wired loads that do not fit into other major end-use categories (doorbells, security systems, garage door openers). MELs present special challenges because their purchase and operation are largely under the control of the occupants. If no steps are taken to address MELs, they can constitute 40-50% of the remaining source energy use in homes that achieve 60-70% whole-house energy savings, and this percentage is likely to increase in the future as home electronics become even more sophisticated and their use becomes more widespread. Building America (BA), a U.S. Department of Energy research program that targets 50% energy savings by 2015 and 90% savings by 2025, has begun to identify and develop advanced solutions that can reduce MELs.
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- Conference: To be presented at the 2006 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings, 13-18 August 2006, Pacific Grove, California
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- National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
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- United States
- 32 ENERGY CONSERVATION, CONSUMPTION, AND UTILIZATION; 99 GENERAL AND MISCELLANEOUS//MATHEMATICS, COMPUTING, AND INFORMATION SCIENCE; ENERGY EFFICIENCY; OCCUPANTS; RESEARCH PROGRAMS; RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS; TARGETS; BUILDING AMERICA; U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY; WHOLE-HOUSE ENERGY SAVINGS; MISCELLANEOUS ELECTRIC LOADS; MEL; ENERGY-CONSUMING APPLIANCES; END-USE CATEGORY; Buildings
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