Essentials of Smart Plugs

BOSS Smart Plugs give you control over your Plug Load which in turn, gives you remarkable savings on your electric bill.

What is “Plug Load”?

Plug load, for smart plugs and in general, is the term for the amount of energy you use every month from devices and other electronics being plugged into an electrical socket.

For example, look at the typical workspace of any employee. Along with a computer, monitor and phone, there may be a lamp, desk fan or space heater. On top of that comes charging cables, docks and stations for a full array of electronic devices brought from home. These devices can include cell phones tablets, readers, personal laptops and more.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 26% of electronic use in the workplace is due to plug load. Plug load does not include the amount of electricity used in overhead lighting or heating and air conditioning systems. Instead, plug load recognizes only those items plugged into a 120-volt or 220-volt electrical outlet. These are the typical outlets for powering devices used on a daily basis.

Plug Load is the Ultimate Place to Receive Cost Savings

Non-profits, government offices and schools, as well as, commercial offices were unprepared for the exponential rise of devices and the sheer amount of electricity that would go to charging and running them on a daily basis.

On a residential level, government, utilities, and environmental groups recommend that when you go on vacation or business trip, that you unplug – not just turn off – any non-essential electronics from around your home. The reason is because, with many electronics, there is a big difference between not-in-use versus being in a “sleep” or “hibernation” mode. For example, if you have a device such as a DVR that looks like it is “off” it is really just in “sleep” mode, still recording, keeping the time and so forth and still using electricity.

Now multiply the amount of devices used in a single home by all the devices used in an office environment. Just as with your own home, government, utilities, and environmental groups recommend that all employees unplug when they leave for the night and especially for the weekend.

Some power strips have timers but these can’t be programmed, monitored or re-scheduled and can easily lead to a loss of data, power interrupts. They also do not effectively help with shifts, holidays or long hours.

The Solution: BOSS Controls’ Smart Plugs

With BOSS Smart Plugs, you will immediately reap the cost-savings on your energy bill.

The benefits of BOSS Smart Plugs are three-fold:

Cost Savings

Offices that have installed BOSS Smart Plugs begin realizing the cost savings on their energy bill immediately. Many offices have reached a 50% savings by radically reducing the amount of “plug load” used by their office equipment and employee devices.

Plug and Play Installation

BOSS Smart Plugs can be easily installed and replace your standard 120V and 220V outlets. Also, whether you have 10, 100 or 1000 Smart Plugs, they can all be configured at once.

Monitoring and Scheduling Control

BOSS Smart Plugs are controlled through web and mobile-app based system known as Atmospheres®. With Atmospheres®, energy managers or facility managers are given the tools and support, data and control over the installed Smart Plugs. Smart Plugs can be monitored, scheduled and data collected and analyzed to help with decision-making, reducing electrical drain and “plug-load” and view any equipment that may be spiking in electrical use and requires maintenance. Atmospheres® is accessible through any web or mobile device so you are in control, anywhere, anytime.

In addition, Smart Plugs saves energy, saves money and saves tax dollars when installed in government offices and schools. BOSS Controls works directly with the utility companies and managed service providers for you to receive available rebates, incentives and financing and eligibility in energy savings programs.

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