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November 4, 2014

W. Hartford firm's marathon reduces energy use 15%

West Hartford manufacturing firm Legrand reduced its total North American energy use 15.4 percent over a 26.2 day competition in October called the Energy Marathon.

Legrand held the competition at its 22 North American locations as a fun way to have employees find creative ways to reduce the company’s energy usage, including installing sensors and changing personal habits. Daily updates and communications with all employees was held to let them know how each location was fairing, in order to avoid event fatigue.

The 15.4 percent reduction in energy usage saved the company $47,000 in energy expenditures over the 26.2 day period.

If those measures were carried out in perpetuity, the company would save $560,000 annually.

Legrand is a participant in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge, a voluntary program launched in 2011 encouraging business and community leaders to reduce energy usage in their building portfolios by 20 percent in 10 years.

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