It was interesting to see that CEO Mike Phillips highlighted the role of always on devices in his year end update. Perhaps it is time we become serious about managing always on devices. Here are some ideas.
It will be helpful if the Always On device page included a notes section like the notes section provided for all other devices. This will allow users to record notes about always on levels, list devices, record ideas for improvements, etc. It seems fitting that the largest category of energy using devices allow for notetaking and recordkeeping.
It will be helpful if users can identify devices in the device inventory as always on. This will help users track them. Sense could also aggregate this information to identify the most used always on devices.
Easy access to an idle load database like the one at https://drpower.hea.com:9443/#/home could help users identify the greatest contributors to their always on load. Knowing the most used devices would allow efforts to focus on those devices, accurately measure and report their loads, and enable actions to reduce the loads caused by those devices. This may include notifying users, notifying manufacturers, identifying alternative devices, or sharing ideas for managing the on times.
Data could be aggregated to identify the “vampire king”—the always on device that consumes the most power system-wide. This notoriety could energize actions to reduce the associated energy consumption.