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.
This year, to celebrate Earth Week the Energy Conservation Office (ECO) held a virtual Energy & Sustainability Career Panel featuring Alex Malm (Green Building Project Manager), Amy Burns (Sustainability Manager) Tom Ryan (Energy Project Manager) and Rhys Davis (Energy Systems Master’s Student).
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.
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.
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.
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.