A few taps on Singapore's Nanyang Technological University's new mobile app could help the university save on its energy bills.
The app, POWERZ, was recently launched as part of NTU's commitment to sustainable development, which aims to achieve a 35 per cent reduction in its energy and water usage, carbon footprint and waste output by 2020.
So how does it work?
Those playing eco-games on the app will be providing information that will help the university conserve power such as indicating empty lecture theatres with lights turned on and venues where the air-conditioning is too cold. Then, this information will be relayed to the facilities management who will make the changes to the settings.
In addition, the researchers behind this new app have also carried out energy tests and it shows that the app could potentially save the university about $2 million a year in energy consumption.
More details about the mobile app here.?