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Reach out to end-users
04/05/2012 | Channel:
IT / Technology, Electricity, Equipment
Speaking at the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s (IET) annual Clerk Maxwell Lecture, Pilgrim Beart, founder of energy innovator AlertMe, declared that fast moving change and the rapid adoption of sustainable technologies is needed to thwart the effects of diminishing energy supplies.
Urging increased focus on reducing demand, Beart discussed the overall scale of the challenges and outlined a strategy for change that places the consumer firmly at the centre. He also explained how a strategy of managing energy consumption at critical times could help consumers to combat rising utility bills.
“While there are many exciting things happening with energy supply as we continue to develop wind, nuclear and hopefully one day fusion technology, right now we need to pay much greater attention to where all this energy goes”, said Beart. “The bad news is that we use energy very wastefully in our homes. The good news however is that this creates a real opportunity to improve the situation, quickly and at low cost – perhaps even at negative cost.
“Consumers often get forgotten when it comes to change within this industry. The time has come to reach out, educate and empower us all about our energy usage, making us aware of how we can all play our part, protect ourselves from rising bills and be the focal point of this revolution. There is a tremendous challenge here for engineers and technologists,” Beart concluded.