Tier 2 Advanced PowerStrip added to Michigan Energy Measure Database

Tier 2 Advanced PowerStrip added to Michigan Energy Measure Database

Tier 2 Advanced PowerStrip added to Michigan Energy Measure Database

Tier 2 Advanced PowerStrip

Concerning recent developments in the world of Advanced Power Strips (APS), Tier 2 APS was recently added to the Michigan Energy Measures Database (MEMD) for residential applications with a savings value of 307.1 kWh/yr. and a measure life of eight years. The MEMDi is an online, downloadable database accessed from the Michigan Public Service Commission. Their website states, "The Michigan Energy Measures Database (MEMD) was supplied by Morgan Marketing Partners, as a basis for development of initial energy efficiency savings calculations and potential savings for energy efficiency programs.

Tier 1 Advanced PowerStrip

Tier 1 Advanced PowerStrip
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Tier 1 APS devices are current-sensing units that manage standby power of peripheral devices. Once the user takes action to power down their TV or computer, the Tier 1 devices senses the reduction of energy use in the "control outlet" and cuts power to a number of switched outlets. Tier 1 APS unit can be used in home entertainment or home office residential applications, or they can be used in commercial workspace applications.

Tier 2 Advanced PowerStrip

Tier 2 Advanced PowerStrip Feature

By way of comparison, the Tier 2 APS manages both standby power of the peripheral devices as well as active power consumption of the TV in residential applications. The Tier 2 APS device uses an external sensor to monitor user engagement with their TV system paired with a countdown timer. When the external sensor detects a lack of user engagement, the timer starts. If there is no user engagement during the programmable length of the timer period, the Tier 2 APS unit removes power from the TV and switched outlets. Tier 2 APS units have a higher cost than Tier 1 units, but they deliver additional savings.
Tier 1 Advanced PowerStrip
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Tier 2 APSii have distinct feature and capability differences as compared to Tier 1 APS devices. The TrickleStar Tier 2 APSiii unit features a multi-sensor, which looks for both infrared remote control signals and motion in the room. We believe this is the best way to measure user engagement in the TV room. TrickleStar Tier 2 APS also feature fireproof surge protection, real energy monitoring for the control outlet, and a dual notification system prior to turning off any connected equipment.



Michigan is the latest state in the nation to embrace Tier 2 APS as a recognized savings measure for plug-load energy efficiency programs and efforts. MA, PA, OR, ID, WA, CA, and NJ have all established savings values for Tier 2 APS. Other states such as MN, VT, and WI are also looking at Tier 2 APS. For more information on using Tier 1 APS in your residential plug-load energy management efforts, please contact TrickleStar at enquries@tricklestar.com or 1-888-700-1098.