Media: Does your work desk use as much energy as a refrigerator? (MPR)

Mar 24, 2017

From MPR News:

Dual monitors. Cellphone chargers. Coffee makers. Space heaters.

If you have one or more of them plugged in at your workspace, you're part of a growing problem in building efficiency. LED lighting and changes to heating and cooling systems have cut down on energy use in commercial buildings since 2003. But now, plugload — the energy it takes to power all those things plugged into your desktop power strip — is rising. It's largely a function of modernity. The tools we use to do our jobs today require a lot more power cords than they used to.

"It used to be you would have an electric pencil sharpener and a light at your desk," said Thea Rozenbergs, an architectural designer at LHB Architects in Minneapolis. She led a study with colleagues from the Center for Energy and Environment and Seventhwave.

We're way beyond electric pencil sharpeners now. In fact, a typical office workstation uses as much electricity as a full-size refrigerator — and a third of that energy is wasted because things are left on during meetings, lunch breaks and at night. So what can you do about it in your office?

Learn what you can do to reduce office plug load and read the full article at

Related Links
Full report: Impacts of Office Plug Load Reduction Strategies
CEE's Project Page