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‘People power’ could be key to cutting workplace energy costs

Imaginative new ways of empowering factory employees to cut energy use have been devised and successfully trialled by a consortium of UK universities and businesses.

In the new approach energy usage data is collected by specially developed low-cost sensors and fed into a live 3D computer model of the factory that staff can consult on their PCs, enabling them to pinpoint where energy is being wasted. The sensors also automatically trigger text messages reminding staff to turn off lights and equipment that have been left on.

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