Olivia Wilde is always wild about giving back and helping others, and she’s excited to learn about a gym that helps the environment by converting the energy people use in workouts into electricity.
— olivia wilde (@oliviawilde) December 4, 2013
The actress got this interesting info from an article at ThinkProgress. The gym in question is located in England, and the treadmills, bikes and cross-trainers there turn energy into electricity. As people move on the machines, their energy will be able to get the machines to go. ThinkProgress continues, “The surplus energy that is not used to power the machine is channeled into the gym’s own power supply via ‘brushless motor’ technology, which reportedly reduces energy consumption by 30 percent.”
The gym’s general manager, Jason Eaton, talked about how all this is “reducing the level of energy needed to power the club, which is great for the environment.”
So the next time you step into your local gym, can you expect your time on the elliptical to power the building? Well, probably not. This sort of equipment is expensive. London electrical engineering researcher Dr. Tzern Toh explained, “The price of electricity is many times less than the cost of the equipment and it may take months or years of electricity savings to recoup the investment.”
This doesn’t mean the end of it, though. Other gyms could switch over, and this is also a good sign that people are trying to be more environmentally friendly and seeing how they can do it. And maybe Olivia can talk her own gym into switching. (And maybe you can, too!)
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