Whether it's a super-size cup on an early Monday morning or the pick-me-up cup at 3 PM, the coffee maker is a crucial part of any happy office. And if your office has one of those coffee makers with single-serve coffee units, everyone can have their brew just the way they like it. Yum.
The sleek, external face of the office coffee maker gives no indication of its internal workings. How does the machine work? Does it use a lot of power? When is it using power?
Black box unveiled.
For one high-end office coffee maker, the modlet noticed its water reservoir being warmed around the clock so it can instantaneously brew coffee when a single-serve unit is inserted. This heating takes 65 watts of power on average, 24/7. While undeniably a wonderful customer convenience feature, it is only relevant when people want coffee.
The net effect of this ever-ready feature is that 55% of the energy consumed by this coffee maker is wasted during evenings and weekends.
By automatically cutting power to this coffee maker when not needed, the modlet saved the equivalent of $63 per year on this one machine. Same office productivity, now delivered efficiently.
In this section, we share savings and insights sent in by modlet users.
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