The model allows estimation of energy consumption for about seventy-five miscellaneous gas and electric appliances, with default values based on data compiled over the years by LBNL researchers. As with the other modules, default values can be over-ridden by the user to create a more accurate characterization of the type and use of miscellaneous equipment in the home.
The miscellaneous appliance category contains a varied assortment of small and/or unusual devices that could occur in a house, both electricity and gas. They are divided into several main categories; Entertainment, Home Office, Miscellaneous Kitchen Appliances, Hot Tubs and Spas, and Other Appliances. Energy for a particular piece of equipment is calculated according to the following equation and summed across all miscellaneous equipment to get total miscellaneous equipment energy consumption.
UEC = annual energy consumed by the equipment (kWh)
ActivePower = ((P1 * P1Usage) + (P2 * P2Usage) +... + (Pn * PnUsage))
Pn = the energy consumed at various power levels (e.g. active use, on but idle etc.)
PnUsage = hours per year the equipment spends at this power rate.
StandbyPower = (8760 – Sum(all active Usages)) * StandbyRate
StandbyRate = energy consumed in standby mode
1000 converts WattHours to kWh.
NumberMachines = the quantity of this type of equipment in the house.
Typical energy consumption rates (both Active and Standby rates) for each piece of equipment as well as standard patterns of usage are documented in the MEL table. We selected the default set of miscellaneous equipment types present in a house by examining the national saturation for each type. Those devices for which Sanchez (1998) estimated a national saturation greater than 80% were selected as part of the default set for all houses.
At the detailed inputs level, users can add and remove specific
miscellaneous equipment types from the default set, and specify the usage for
each item. The MEL table lists the equipment types present in the Home Energy Saver,
showing the number of instances of this type of equipment included in the
default set for all houses, the energy consumption for various modes of
activity, both per unit time and annual totals, and the default usage