Development of an Energy-Savings Calculation Methodology for Residential Miscellaneous Electric Loads

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In order to meet whole-house energy savings targets beyond 50 percent 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 plug loads (televisions, stereos, microwaves) and hard-wired loads that do not fit into other major end-use categories (doorbells, security systems, garage door openers). Building America (BA), a U.S. Department of Energy research program that targets 50 percent energy savings by 2015 and 90 percent savings by 2025, has begun to identify and develop advanced solutions that can reduce MELs. Consider replacing some of the biggest active mode energy consumers in your home, including:

  • Freezers
  • First color TV
  • Extra refrigerators
  • Pool heaters
  • Pool pumps
  • Microwaves

Energy is also consumed heavily by appliances when they're in low-power mode, such as component/rack stereos. Explore options to make small changes for big differences.


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