• Intel today marked the occasion of Earth Day by celebrating the one year review of the Reduce our Energy initiative.
• This initiative was developed by Intel to promote energy awareness in the locality and help them reduce energy consumption through the use of technology, which makes the process of reduction easier.
• Savings across the board from the 10 participating organisations and businesses have so far led to a saving of 20000 kWh of electricity per year.
Intel today marked the occasion of Earth Day by celebrating the one year review of the Reduce our Energy initiative. This initiative was developed by Intel to promote energy awareness in the locality and help them reduce energy consumption through the use of technology, which makes the process of reduction easier.
Tracking and reducing energy usage is no longer the domain of big businesses and large corporations. This initiative enabled 10 local business, library and schools in Leixlip to passively monitor the amount of energy being consumed within their building through a power metering device and a display system. The display system enabled them to instantly see how much energy was being used at any given time and the Reduceourenergy.com website was set up to receive this information every 5 minutes in order to provide live updates and reports on their usage.
These reports enabled participants to see where energy was being used in their building and look at opportunities to reduce it through simple changes in behaviour.
One of the earliest steps in the project was to visit the premises to conduct an energy audit at each location. Launch meetings were held to inform participants and reduction opportunities were identified. Each participant was facilitated by an Intel mentor throughout the project for finding opportunities for savings, running tests and increasing awareness.
Each of the participants then worked towards reducing their energy by adopting the opportunities where possible and staying on the lookout for new ones.
Lisa Harlow, Michael Cullen and Cathy Cronin all from Intel pictured at the ‘Reduce our Energy’ initiative one year review.
Confey College, Leixlip, adopted some minor changes in their PC room by turning off computers instead of leaving them on standby. Between April and December 2011 they managed to reduce their energy consumption by 8000 kWh of electricity per year which is equivalent to a saving of €1,300 per annum and a reduction of more than 6 tonnes of carbon dioxide.
Savings across the board from the 10 participating organisations and businesses have so far led to a saving of 20000 kWh of electricity per year. This is equivalent to a saving of €3,300 and equivalent to having 3 cars off the road permanently or 16 tonnes less of carbon dioxide.
Speaking at the event today Lisa Harlow, Intel Irelands External Relations Manager said how delighted she was with the success of the Reduce our Energy initiative. “Intel has facilitated people with the tools to effect change, this is just the beginning “ she commented. “This initiative is a fantastic example of Intel’s commitment to sustainability and one which has huge potential to raise awareness of energy reduction and improvement in behaviour towards energy usage” she concluded.
Intel is giving away all the technical details of how the project was constructed, the list of hardware used and the software which was written.
This will allow any other interested people or organisations to run their own project and hopefully across the world some other communities can garner these benefits and more.
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