Short description

This project envisages applying a plug load meter to the highest electricity using device in each research laboratory in the TCD's School of Physics

Long description

Plug Load is some thing that can be controlled. leaving a high electricity on when not in use is a huge waste of electricity. Applying a plug load meter to a high using electricity devise gives the user actual values of usage such as time, Wattage and current but more importantly kWh and cost. Identifying a large electricity consumer in a laboratory is important as it highlights the importance of turning it off when not in use. This project indents to purchase 30 plug in energy meters to share between the research laboratories in TCD's School of Physics so that all users of the lab can see in numbers how much energy the high energy using equipment is actually using. This will hopefully result in lower energy demand for the School and also express the importance of conserving electricity.

Scope of the project

This project is initially designed for TCD's School of Physics research labs but with financial backing could be applied to every laboratory in the University


Each energy plug in meter cost approx. €16 and the estimate is to purchase 30 units.A approx. total of €480 would be required

How do you envisage dealing with COVID-19 restrictions?

Covid is not issue as no interactions is required


Trinity College Dublin

Target audience

  • Students
  • Academic staff members
  • Non-academic staff members

Expected date to be completed


Team Leader Information

Name: James McLoughlin
Faculty/Department: School of Physics
Position: Non-academic staff member
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