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Plug Load Consumption in Typical Commercial Offices in India
mithi rajesh dave

Date: 2014-09-19 11:30 AM – 11:40 AM
Last modified: 2014-09-18


The increasing penetration and diversity of plug-loads and their ubiquitous nature in work environments in India means that they are potentially significant consumers of electricity. End-use energy efficiency measures in buildings have largely ignored plug-loads which might be attributed to a dearth of India-specific studies which quantify plug-load energy consumption and their usage characteristics through end-use measurements.

At the building design stage, various parameters associated with plug-load consumption are largely assumed or values are borrowed from studies in other countries. Also, an understanding of  the issue of standby power and the requirements of plug points by users is needed in order to truly achieve energy efficiency through plug-load management. The study shows plug-loads as significant consumers and reveals wide gaps in design, provision and actual usage.  A total of 30 typical offices, office space of 7725 m2 and 1159 plug-loads have been studied.

Keywords: plug-loads, end-use, measurements, energy efficiency, design