Time to save energy….with coding!

Publication date: March 24, 2023

Daylight Saving Time (DST), which this year falls on March 26, was originally conceived as a way to make better use of daylight and to save energy. As such, it is a great opportunity to reflect on how we can optimise our energy usage and reduce waste. While adjusting the clocks is a small change, it can have a significant impact on our energy consumption. With the help of coding, we can do even more to save energy on DST day and beyond. 

One way that coding can help us save energy is through the development of smart lighting systems. These systems use sensors and algorithms to detect when natural light is available and adjust artificial lighting accordingly. By using smart lighting systems, we can reduce energy waste by ensuring that lights are only on when they are needed. Coding is essential in developing the algorithms and software that power smart lighting systems. 

Another way to save energy on DST day and beyond is by using energy management systems (EMS). EMS monitor and control energy use in buildings and other facilities using algorithms and machine learning to analyse energy usage patterns and optimise energy consumption. In this way, EMS can help reduce energy waste and save money on utility bills. The development of EMS relies heavily on coding, including programming languages like Python and R. 

In addition to these systems, renewable energy sources like solar and wind power can also help us save energy and reduce the impact that our energy use has on the planet. Coding is a critical component of the technology that enables us to integrate renewable energy sources into our power grids, reducing our dependence on fossil fuels and helping mitigate the effects of climate change. 

By introducing coding to people of all ages and backgrounds, EU Code Week hopes to increase participation in digital technology and promote the development of new innovations that can benefit society as a whole. Coding can play a crucial role in helping us save energy, not only on DST day but throughout the year. By developing smart lighting systems and energy management systems, and incorporating renewable energy sources into the grid, we can optimise our energy use, reduce waste, and protect the environment. With the help of initiatives like EU Code Week, we can continue to advance our ability to use technology to create a more sustainable future.