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People use 6% more electricity when there is construction near them: Study

Published on Jan 27, 2014 8:06 AM

When construction takes place next door, home-owners often close their windows and turn on the air-conditioner to block out the noise and dust.

But exactly how much more energy do they consume by doing so?

Researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the Future Cities Laboratory, a tie-up between Singapore's National Research Foundation and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, found that on average, people here use 6 per cent more electricity when there is construction near them.

What is more, the increase becomes permanent.

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