Knowledge = Less Power
A Carnegie Mellon study reveals that workers who know how much energy they use on a daily basis adjust their habits to use less.
A recent study by some of my former professors at Carnegie Mellon took a look at the impact of providing feedback in an energy dashboard form to workers and studying how it impacted overall energy consumption. Workers who know how much energy they are using tend to adjust their habits to use less.
“So far, the indications are promising. The Carnegie Mellon team found that two out of three sites in an initial small-scale study saved about 30% of energy compared with a baseline. The third site, a government research lab, showed no real savings because the lab’s policy is to keep its computers running at all times.”
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Annual Salary Survey
Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey