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07/09/2013

Misc. Loads Use $70 Billion in Energy

 
Miscellaneous energy loads like elevators and escalators consume nearly 8 quadrillion BTUs per year.

Miscellaneous energy loads – devices like elevators and ice makers that don’t fit under traditional categories like HVAC, refrigeration, or lighting – consume roughly 7.8 quadrillion BTUs in the U.S. each year. This is more than the amount of oil the U.S. imports from the Persian Gulf and Venezuela each year, according to a new report.

In fact, this staggering statistic means that these miscellaneous loads alone consume more than the primary energy use of Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, or 200 other countries.

However, researchers say these devices could be upgraded with existing technology to use 40-50% less energy.

“If consumers upgraded to the most efficient products on the market today, we could save as much energy as Argentina uses in an entire year,” explains Sameer Kwatra, lead author of the study, Miscellaneous Energy Loads in Buildings.

Some of the devices, such as ceiling fans and ice makers, are covered by federal energy efficiency standards or by voluntary specifications like ENERGY STAR. However, many products don’t fall into either of these two categories. To combat this waste, the report recommends a mix of approaches, including encouraging manufacturers to upgrade inefficient products, including miscellaneous energy loads in the energy efficiency portfolios of utilities and other program administrators, and developing behavioral initiatives to raise awareness and modify individuals’ energy use habits.

“Just because a device doesn’t fit neatly into a product category is no excuse to waste a nation’s worth of energy,” says Jennifer Amann, buildings program director for the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), which released the findings. “Acting on the recommendations of this report will help energy consumers like businesses and residents put money back in their balance sheets and pocketbooks.”

 


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Visit our website today to learn about the design flexibility of a Morton building and the endless possibilities of partnering with our designBUILD team.


Wood construction is both cost and energy efficient. Check out Morton Buildings and our designBUILD team online today to discover all the benefits of post-frame construction.


When choosing a metal-clad building for your next construction project, consider Morton Buildings, Inc., and their designBUILD team, we’ll make your dream a reality.

We Can Help You Reduce Energy by 30%

Our mission is to help our customers manage their buildings' energy costs, improve reliability, and enhance performance while having a positive impact on the environment.
CLICK HERE to find out how.

Bluebeam® Revu® simplifies digital facilities document management from design review to leveraging as-builts, maintenance manuals and O&Ms submittals.

 


 
09/19/2014

New regulations from the DOE would improve commercial air conditioner efficiency by as much as 30%. 

09/18/2014

A new study suggests that the installed cost of photovoltaic solar power continues to drop in the U.S.

09/17/2014

A new technology developed at Rice University effectively deices glass surfaces while remaining transparent for radio frequency transmission.

09/16/2014

The USGBC and American Chemistry Council have put aside their differences to work together on new improvements to the LEED certification system. 

09/15/2014

Researchers have developed a new process to help cloud computing systems use less energy while continuing to provide high levels of data services.

09/12/2014

Researchers have found the main factors that influence the amount and type of building damage caused by various types of salts. 

09/11/2014

A new study has demonstrated that proactive ergonomic training can decrease worker discomfort and increase productivity. 

09/10/2014

The University of Utah has upgraded its historic Dumke Health Professions Education building to save an impressive 40% on energy costs.

09/09/2014

Hoping to build on LEED's success, PEER evaulates the performance and modernization of electric grids. 

09/08/2014

The USGBC has developed a new tool to help streamline the LEED certification process. 

09/05/2014

Researchers have developed a fluorescent lamp that emits Wi-Fi signals to allow connectivity throughout buildings.

09/04/2014

Tests show effective measures for reducing earthquake damage to computer servers. 

09/03/2014

Health costs drop by half as a result of environmental regulations.

09/02/2014

A new study challenges the idea that sparse workplaces produce happier, more productive employees.

08/29/2014

New tool from FEMA helps facility managers prepare for and mitigate the effects of nonstructural earthquake damage. 

08/28/2014

Is your building's exterior prepared for consistent snowstorms?

08/27/2014

Researchers have developed wearable, customizable technology to handle access control at busy hotels. 

08/26/2014

A new study shows that hotels which are LEED certified bring in more revenue than their non-certified competitors. 

08/25/2014

Policies designed to reduce carbon emissions have the added benefit of increasing air quality, which could pay for the reduction policies themselves. 

08/22/2014

Researchers at Michigan State University have developed a luminescent solar concentrator that is as transparent as glass. 

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