Scientists study efficient energy usage

April 24, 2007 at 5:03 PM

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., April 24 (UPI) -- U.S. government scientists have launched a program aimed at adapting homes and buildings to use electricity and other energy sources more efficiently.

Researchers led by Jeff Muhs of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory's engineering technology division are examining power systems from a building or home all the way back to the original transmission source to determine better efficiencies.

The project focuses on automation, robotics, sensors and other tools to reduce energy consumption, while taking into account a number of variables such as a building's construction, its ability to remain cool or warm, and how outside conditions impact the inside.

The research is being funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.

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