Smart Outlets: Wireless Meter and Control Systems for Plug and Process Loads

Research output: NRELFact Sheet


Smart outlets control the flow of power to devices plugged into them and measure their energy use. The energy use data can be accessed via an online dashboard or smartphone application, allowing the user to turn power to plug-in devices on or off based on a schedule established in the dashboard or application. This four-page resource is a fact sheet meant to educate commercial building owners on smart outlets: what they are, why we use them, and how to use them in a way that will achieve energy savings while maintaining occupant comfort. The resource also describe how to procure a smart outlet system and how to fully capture their benefits over time. This resource was developed to support the Better Buildings Alliance Plug and Process Loads Technology Research Team.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages4
StatePublished - 2021

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/FS-5500-77971


  • building management system
  • miscellaneous electric loads
  • plug
  • plug and process loads
  • smart outlet
  • wireless meter and control system


Dive into the research topics of 'Smart Outlets: Wireless Meter and Control Systems for Plug and Process Loads'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this