Community Education Blog Posts

Word of the Month: Plug Loads & Vampire Loads

Plug Loads & Vampire Loads

A plug load consists of one or more devices plugged into an outlet or power strip. Vampire loads (also known as phantom plug loads) secretly drain electricity when an electronic device is turned off, but still plugged into an outlet.

A phone charger plugged into a wall without a phone connected to it still consumes a small, but continuous amount of electricity. Coffee makers, toasters, and printers also consume energy when plugged in, even when the devices themselves are turned off.

ECO Guides Lab to LEED Gold Certification!

In June, the Toxic Pollutant Health Research Laboratory (TPHRL) at UC Davis received the LEED Gold certification for the Leadership for Energy and Environmental Design for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance. LEED certifications are an official recognition that a project complies with the requirements - in this case the project achieved 72 points out of a possible 110.

What is Energy Efficiency?

It's easiest to explain energy efficiency by comparing it to energy conservation. We've made an infographic to compare and contrast the two, and to show you how we're tackling both at UC Davis.

Web App

We have built our Campus Energy Education Dashboard and comfort feedback tools as web apps for you to learn about and contribute to energy saving efforts on campus. Read more to learn about why we chose web apps as our platform.


What does HVAC stand for?

HVAC stands for Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning, which describe the functions of an HVAC system. HVAC systems can be found in just about every building in the world, from your house or apartment to the classrooms and labs on campus. In this blog post we will dive into how these systems work in general, and what they do on campus. 


The 411 on the UC Davis District Energy System

UC Davis has a district energy system, want to know what that means and how we're taking strides towards a more energy efficient future? Read on to find out how the Central Heating and Cooling Plant is taking steps toward meeting the Carbon Neutrality Initiative.


This month Joules is shedding light on how we heat and cool individual spaces.

Vampire Load

Like the stealthy monster, vampire devices slowly drain energy from plugged-in devices in your home without you noticing.

Degree Days

This month, Joules is showcasing what energy-saving professionals use to understand how the outside air temperature affect building energy consumption.