The water cooler is THE place to be during the day. Catch up on last night's shows, chat about office gossip, and grab some water. But have you ever thought about what the water cooler is actually doing all day long?
I work. You work. The water cooler works more?
It turns out that the water cooler is always hard at work. Its job is to keep the cold water cold and the hot water hot. In this office, the water cooler's average daytime power consumption is 85 watts, and average night time power consumption is 66 watts. 66 watts is enough power to keep a bright light bulb on in the empty office kitchen. This means the water cooler effectively works the day shift as well as the night shift,
even though no one is there to take advantage of its night-time work.
The net effect? 60% of the water cooler's power consumption happens when the office is empty.
By using the modlet to cut power at the plug, this office prevents the water cooler from unnecessarily heating and cooling water when no one is there, so this source of energy waste is eliminated all together. Phew.
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