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Curbing Electricity Use in Buildings

Mon, 2012-05-14 12:34 -- cnicolini

Computer scientists are helping to cut electricity costs in commercial buildings with a new system that senses when offices are empty and initiates energy-saving options.
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Mar 26 2012 - 10:30am

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