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Study: Top Miscellaneous Energy Loads

What do ice machines and office computers have in common? They’re both Miscellaneous Energy Loads (MELs), according to a recent study by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy. MELs account for the majority of a building’s energy use apart from HVAC and lighting.

The top MEL for commercial buildings is personal computers, followed by computer servers and walk-in refrigeration. Fume hoods, monitors, and ice machines are next.

As a category, MELs are responsible for so much energy use that a 50% efficiency increase would equate to eliminating all oil imports from the Middle East. If you’d like to learn about how to reduce MELs at your business, contact Energy Smart at or (651) 292-4652.