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Small steps

It was interesting to read your Comment piece of 17th January where you mentioned using a smart electricity meter at home to help reduce your energy use.

May Gurney has recently completed a pilot trial of a hand held wireless energy monitor that calculates electricity consumption at home. A small team of employees at our head office took part and the response was so overwhelmingly positive that we now plan to loan the monitoring devices out to our 4,000 employees across the UK.

Employees involved in trialling the unit have calculated that, on average, they have reduced their personal carbon footprint by around 10% – and made similar savings on their electricity bills.

Sustainability and environmental issues are at the heart of the way we go about our business and we're trying to get as many organisations as possible to take up this initiative. We have also introduced the monitors to our customers and suppliers for them to evaluate - in the hope that they will follow our lead and purchase a quantity for their employees.

We hope that by showing people how much energy they can save at home, they will also take action to save energy at work.

The more people involved, the greater the impact we will make!

IAN FINDLATER, group business development director, May Gurney, Trowse, Norwich NR14 8SZ

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