The Energy-Saving Marathon at the Museu Nacional: small actions that combat energy poverty

Ferran Pérez

What is the Energy Saving Marathon?

It is an awareness-raising campaign about energy use and consumption. Its aim is make people aware of the use of energy consumed in public facilities and the need to reduce this consumption.

By paying attention to the use we are making of energy, we can greatly reduce consumption with just a few daily actions.

Marathon publicity campaign material
Marathon publicity campaign material

As an additional objective, the intention of the Marathon is to pass on the economic savings achieved to projects involved in combatting energy poverty.

During the month of February, more than 120 facilities and over 2,000 public sector workers in the city of Barcelona have made an effort to reduce their consumption of electricity, gas and water.

This year was the 4th edition of the Energy Saving Marathon and it was the first time that the Museu Nacional took part.

The Energy-Saving Marathon at the Museu Nacional

The Marathon started at the museum with an informative meeting for all staff to explain the campaign and to point out how we could make savings in our everyday actions.

Informative meeting about the Marathon held at the museum
Informative meeting about the Marathon held at the museum

Even though the museum prioritises energy saving as part of its certified environmental management system, our team wanted to introduce additional extraordinary measures.

The staff put forward various proposals for actions that could make savings and increase energy efficiency. Using the stairs whenever possible, turning off lights when there is sufficient natural daylight, switching off computer screens when not in use, among others.

Energy savings achieved

During the Energy Saving marathon, compared to the equivalent month in 2018, we achieved significant savings: 18.6% on electricity, 47.9% on gas and 24.5% on water.

Across all of the facilities involved, the totals saved were 737,030 kWh on electricity, 114,800 m3 on gas and 6,980,000 litres on water.

The energy poverty project chosen

The money the museum saved through the Marathon will be used for energy improvements to public housing in the town of Manlleu.

This project, coordinated by INCASÒL (Institute for Catalan Land) with the support of the Ajuntament de Manlleu (City Council), the Consell Comarcal d’Osona (County Council) and the Agència Local d’Energia d’Osona (Local Energy Agency) aims to reduce tenants’ energy bills with a three-phase programme:

  • Identifying and selecting priority cases.
  • Visits to find out more about the specific problems and studying solutions.
  • Taking action in households (lighting, programmers, etc.) and installing efficient energy-producing systems (thermal or electric) in buildings.
The Energy-Saving Marathon at the Museu Nacional
The Energy-Saving Marathon at the Museu Nacional. Photo: Marta Mérida

Through the Marathon, not only did we have the opportunity to help alleviate a scourge of society but also, as workers, we were all able to confirm the accumulative vital importance small everyday actions.  This made the experience even more enriching!

Related links

The Museu Nacional’s commitment to the environment

A museum more ecological and more economic: new installations in Modern Art

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