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High-Efficiency Appliances and Plug-Loads

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Appliances and other plug-loads represent a significant and growing source of energy usage in our buildings. Appliances that use significant amounts of energy include refrigerators, clothes dryers, ovens, dishwashers, televisions, electronics, and others. Standby loads, also known as “vampire” loads, from appliances and electronics that are nominally off also represent a significant and growing source of energy usage in buildings. The development of transformative new high-efficiency appliance technologies, along with the deployment of control technologies to eliminate vampire loads, would have a major impact on reducing greenhouse gas emissions from buildings around the world.