1.5.1 Use of multiple power strips with switch and/or programmable plugs

1.5.1 Use of multiple power strips with switch and/or programmable plugs


The use of a power strip is recommendable especially in office buildings where many devices as computers, printers, monitors, etc… are usually left in standby mode, spending unnecessary energy during the night-time, holidays and weekends. Power strips could switch all electrical equipment of a working area simultaneously. Alternatively, programmable outlets can be used to allow automatic on and off based on schedules selected by users.


  • The energy consumption reduction potential is up to 15% of the consumption under normal operation conditions

  • Easy and cheap installation

  • Avoid internal heat gains


  • Occupant acceptance

  • Power strips may create a parasitic load, which must be included in the analysis of total costs savings potential

Economic assessment

Initial investment: low. The price varies depending on the type of equipment that is purchased, being for the power strips and conventional programmable plugs between 5 and 20 euros.

References and best practices

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Environment or playable world:

  • Residential

  • Academic

  • Offices

  • All

Carried out by:

  • Public building users

  • Owners

  • Operators

  • All

Reduce consumption of:

  • Heating

  • Cooling

  • DHW

  • Lighting

  • Electric devices

Type of driver:

  • Physical environmental

  • Contextual

  • Psychological

  • Physiological

  • Social

Time framework:

  • Short term
  • Long term

Type of measure:

  • Envelope
  • HVAC
  • DHW
  • Lighting
  • Electrical devices
  • Other
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