How Low Can You Go: Workstation Energy Efficiency Challenge

Last month, we challenged five lucky Green Mountaineers to reduce their energy usage by participating in a “Workstation Energy Efficiency Challenge,” where we monitored each individual’s in-office energy usage using a Lucid Design Group’s Building Dashboard.

The Lucid Dashboard was able to track and record the energy used by each employee’s desk devices, including his or her desk lamps, monitors, computer towers or laptops, and any power strips. Over the course of two weeks, we were able to see which devices required the most electricity and provide feedback to participants to help them curb that usage.

At the end of the challenge, one employee was able to reduce his energy usage by 49.5% – nearly half of his usage during the two-week period before the challenge – just by taking simple actions like turning off his desk lamp and monitors while he was away from his desk!

The total kilowatt-hours reduced by the five employees were 52 kilowatt-hours. In terms of greenhouse gas emissions avoided, that’s like recycling 260 aluminum cans instead of sending them to the landfill, equivalent to not driving 85 miles!

The Lucid Dashboard, with the use of desk-level electricity meters made by Enmetric, was instrumental in tracking these reductions and making our employees more aware of their overall energy usage, so we asked a Lucid employee to answer a few questions about their company initiatives and the development of their sustainability-inspiring dashboard:

  • What is Lucid’s mission and how does sustainability fit into it?
    Lucid’s mission is to organize all buildings’ data and provide a single, ubiquitous interface which connects hardware, software, and people. When people are connected to the buildings they rely on every day, they are able to make smarter decisions about energy, creating a better, more sustainable world.
  • Why is sustainability important to Lucid? How do your employees and/or customers participate?
    Lucid is a mission-driven company, so sustainability is important to every single one of our employees. We are committed to changing the world through our “connected buildings, connected people” movement, and we inspire our customers and partners to join this movement by bringing their buildings online.
  • Tell us how the Lucid dashboard works.
    Lucid has several engagement tools, such as Building Dashboard, which provide real-time building performance feedback to building occupants. The real-time building data is made possible by BuildingOS, the underlying building operating system, which brings all buildings online by connecting all metering and systems to one, centralized platform.
  • What types of companies would you recommend look into using a Lucid dashboard?
    All companies! We spend 90% of our lives in buildings, so everyone can have an impact by connecting to their buildings and engaging occupants.

To learn more about Lucid’s products and mission visit their website.