Want to reduce energy consumption in the workplace? Start by sharing information. It’s efficient, inexpensive, and it works.
The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) claims that up to 12% of energy savings can be achieved by way of real time energy feedback devices that tell people how much energy is being consumed.
Even when there is no sub-metering in an office, new device make it simple to monitor energy use at individual work stations, including “vampireload” from devices that continue to use energy even when they are off. When people see the results of what they are doing, they will change their behavior.
They say that information means power. In this case it means less power. And that’s a good thing.
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