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article imageVideo: People power as gym in Bristol generates own electricity

By Anne Sewell     Jan 5, 2014 in Sports
Bristol - With the motto "if in doubt, work out", this gym in the UK has converted some of its equipment to not only generate power, but also to save energy costs and help with the environment, with "go-green" machines.
According to the gym manager, the business is now saving around 1,500 UKP ($2,500) in electricity costs per month as their clients get on the machines and work out.
The machines at the club have literally been turned into mini-power stations, with a screen where customers can check exactly how much power they are creating, along with their impact on the environment. As they pedal, the power literally goes back into the system.
Doesn't hurt, of course, that the machines are saving the business quite a bit of money, as their power bills are normally around 8,000 UKP ($13,000), but with the new machines, they are saving approximately 1,500 UKP ($2,500) per month at present.
Of course the output depends on the customer, as Polly Boiko points out that while she was trying to generate enough power for the juicer, she only managed to power a fan instead.
Their staff do admit that they sometimes persuade their weight-lifting clients, for instance, to try out the treadmills.
Of course, if every business could generate some extra power like this, the savings to both the environment and consumer would be considerable.
Work outs at theclub in Bristol produce electricity.
Work outs at theclub in Bristol produce electricity.
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