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Title: Identifying the lack of energy-conscious behaviour in clinical and non-clinical settings: An nhs case study
Authors: Taha, A
Hopthrow, T
Wu, R
Adams, N
Brown, J
Zoha, A
Abbasi, QH
Imran, MA
Krabicka, J
Keywords: energy usage behaviour;occupancy monitoring;energy conservation;out-of-hours consumption;energy consumption monitoring
Issue Date: 11-Oct-2021
Publisher: MDPI
Citation: Taha, A. et al. (2021) 'Identifying the lack of energy-conscious behaviour in clinical and non-clinical settings: An nhs case study', Electronics (Switzerland), 10 (20), 2468, pp. 1 - 19. doi: 10.3390/electronics10202468.
Abstract: The race against climate change has been a great challenge for years, and the UK government has taken serious steps towards achieving the net-zero carbon target by 2050. Technology is leading the way and innovation is believed to be a key solution. Nevertheless, tackling the issue, by attempting to limit the waste in energy, due to negative energy usage behaviour, has proven to be a successful approach that is capable of complementing other technology-based initiatives. The first step towards this is to promote energy-conscious behaviour and pinpoint where savings can be made. Thereby, this paper contributes to the existing literature, by presenting a new methodology to identify potential energy waste and negative energy usage behaviour in an NHS hospital. The paper presents an analysis of electricity consumption vs occupancy during minimal consumption periods (i.e, bank holidays and weekends) and it presents a log of equipment left switched on outside of working hours, in order to highlight the level of energy-conscious behaviour. The results revealed that the proposed technique is not only able to identify negative energy usage behaviour amongst the hospital staff but helps identify areas where immediate energy savings can be made, with potential savings of more than 30,000 pounds, if action is taken.
Description: Data Availability Statement: Restrictions apply to the availability of these data. The data belongs to Medway NHS Foundation Trust but was collected using systems provided by EnergyLogix. Data, however, can be made available with the approval of the corresponding author, Medway NHS Foundation Trust, and energylogix.
The authors would like to acknowledge the support provided by energylogix during the data collection phase. Energylogix is a Small to Medium Enterprise (SME) that provided the equipment used for collecting the electricity data for this study.
Other Identifiers: ORCiD: Ahmad Taha
ORCiD: Tim Hopthrow
ORCiD: Ruiheng Wu
ORCiD: Ahmed Zoha
ORCiD: Qammer H. Abbasi
ORCiD: Muhammad Ali Imran
Appears in Collections:Dept of Electronic and Electrical Engineering Research Papers

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