The Power of Observation in Energy Saving


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The phenomenon that causes people being observed to react differently, the Hawthorne effect, was recently applied to energy conservation in a study by scientists at Carnegie Mellon University.

The result of the study was that  households reduced monthly electric use by 2.7 percent on average when they were told their energy use would be monitored. Continue reading

Where to Harness Solar and Wind Power?


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A recent study by the researchers at Carnegie Mellon University revealed that energy isn’t best harnessed in the first place we think of.   Continue reading