Honolulu-based Ibis Networks offers a plug load management system for enterprises, and the company says it is expanding its workforce to 14 to keep up with new customers in Hawaii, reports Pacific Business News.
Ibis says plug-load energy efficiency is a numbers game, and that up to 50 percent of energy use in commercial buildings is coming out of wall sockets, with more devices being plugged in every day.
Without wiring or panel upgrades, Ibis’ Version 2.0 devices plug in, allowing enterprises to immediately measure, monitor, analyze and proactively control plug loads.
At retail, each socket costs $75, and a software subscription costs $2 per month. Ibis says its products could save commercial customers up to 10 percent on energy bills.
Ibis has tested its products with private schools, hotels, military installations, Hawaiian Electric Co. and various corporations.
For instance, one Waikiki hotel is using the plug load devices to measure energy usage of its 1,600 in-room mini refrigerators, and testing some behavior-based incentives for people to turn off the fridges, says Pacific Business News.
A study on virtual energy assessments conducted with nine Boston buildings found that plug loads represent a significant portion of energy use in commercial buildings and that tenant engagement and plug load reductions are currently under-incentivized by utilities and existing energy efficiency programs.