The Department of Energy and Climate Change and the Home Office have announced that they will be making details of their business energy consumption available online.
As part of a new energy saving initiative, the government departments will make their energy usage freely viewable, so the public can compare their energy consumption with that of government departments and so environment organisations can hold officials to account.
On the official government departments' websites, a line chart will be updated every five seconds, showing the number of units used per hour, the likely amount of carbon emissions produced and the cost of electricity, along with changing levels of energy consumption over the past 24 hours.
Chris Huhne, the energy and climate change secretary, said: "We're opening up Whitehall's electricity and gas meters to public scrutiny; there can be no hiding place for energy waste in central government."
He added cutting down business gas and electricity usage saves carbon, as well as saving taxpayers' money, and sets an example for businesses and homes across the country to follow.
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