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Mark Hardwick By Mark Hardwick • March 5, 2018

Tier 1 and Tier 2 APS - What's the Difference?


Understanding Terminology: Tier 1 and Tier 2

In the energy efficiency industry, advanced power strips (APS) are commonly identified as fitting into one of two categorical measure profiles, namely Tier 1 or Tier 2.

1-2-men.jpgIn summary, these industry-specific classifications describe how the APS functions with regard to saving energy, including the type of energy saved and how much. In this article, we’ll define each tier and bring clarity to the different types of APS technology, how to differentiate between a Tier 1 APS and a Tier 2 APS, and what program managers and implementers should consider when selecting the right APS solution for their energy efficiency program.

Tier 1 APS

A Tier 1 APS is a first-generation smart surge protector that reduces standby power wasted by consumer electronics. Standby power, also commonly referred to as “vampire power” or “phantom load,” is energy consumed by electronics while they are switched off or in standby mode. The Tier 1 APS eliminates standby power consumption by removing the power supplied to unused electronics, such as those peripheral devices in TV entertainment system, home office, or commercial workspace environments. Given their robust applications, Tier 1 APS products are categorized by the type of technology, for example load-sensing (control/switch), motion and light-level sensing, remote switched, and timer controlled, among others.

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Benefits of Tier 1 APS:

  • Simple automation reduces standby power consumption
  • Simple to install and easy to use
  • Suitable for residential and commercial applications
  • Protects connected electronics against surge spikes

Example Program Delivery Models:

  • Direct Install
  • Direct Distribution (e.g. energy-saving kit)
  • Direct-to-customer (e.g. online marketplace)
  • Retail midstream/upstream

Tier 2 APS

A Tier 2 APS is a second-generation smart surge protector that reduces both active and standby power wasted by consumer electronics. A Tier 2 APS features an external sensor that monitors activity and user engagement over a period of time. It automatically switches off (or places into sleep mode) the primary device (e.g. TV or PC) and simultaneously removes the power supply to peripheral electronics that consume energy when not in use, thereby maximizing potential energy savings. Rather than by switching technology, Tier 2 APS products are categorized by their application, for example audio visual (AV) for residential home theater applications or personal computer (PC) for home office and commercial workstation environments.

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Types of TrickleStar Tier 2 APS Products:

  • AV Advanced PowerStrip+ and AV Advanced PowerTap+
  • PC Advanced PowerStrip+

Benefits of Tier 2 APS:

  • Reduces active energy wasted from unused electronics
  • Reduces standby power wasted by peripheral electronics
  • Automatically powers down equipment if no activity is detected
  • Protects connected electronics against surge spikes

Example Program Delivery Models:

  • Direct Install
  • Direct-to-customer (e.g. online marketplace)

Selecting the Right APS Product

Selecting the right energy-saving solution, or combination thereof, is as important for program managers and implementers as it is for the targeted customer. Both tiers of advanced powerstrips have their place in energy efficiency programs, and their application ultimately depends a couple factors, such as the program delivery model, target customer profile, budget, and environment, among others

To learn more, contact a TrickleStar representative for details on how TrickleStar’s APS solutions can help your program meet its energy-saving goals.

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