Social Responsibility and Sustainability

Winter shutdown

Everyone is reminded to make efforts to help save energy during the University’s festive season closure.

Did you know that the University spends about £20 million per year on energy? In order to help the University cut costs as well as carbon emissions, everyone should remember to switch off lights and equipment before leaving the University.

Students who work in shared work spaces or offices should make sure that the last person to leave remembers to switch things off. If you work in a laboratory or a workshop, make sure you ask your Lab or Workshop manager about your area's festive shut down plans.

Get ready for the festive break

It's easy to help make sure the University is properly shut down for the break. Clearing up a few bits and pieces and turning a few things off will not only reduce the University's emissions - it will also help to prevent fires and keep your office secure over the winter period.

Everyone, don't forget to...

  • Close all of the doors and windows

  • Unplug non-essential equipment (like printers, PCs, etc...)

  • Check for dripping taps

  • Switch off your kitchen hot-water boiler (if you have one) and empty/defrost the fridge

  • Turn down the heating if it's your responsibility

  • Switch off the lights (including decorations)

  • Put tip cards around your office. Order here.

  • Tidy your desk and recycle what you can

If you work in a lab...

  • Switch off any chillers/water-cooled processes
  • Rationalise your sample storage
  • Defrost or de-ice fridges/freezers and clean the filters & heat exchanges
  • Dispose of your waste correctly
  • Switch off and unplug drying ovens
  • Tidy your bench and fume cupboard
  • Switch off/turn down fume cupboards and bio-safety cabinets, ensuring the sash is closed
  • Do not store equipment or waste in the fume cupboard – try a vented cabinet.
  • Unplug non-essential equipment (water baths, IT equipment, etc...)
  • Apply to the Sustainable Campus Fund for equipment replacement.

If you live in University accommodation...

  • Close the curtains if you're going away
  • Switch off the lights (including decorations)
  • Unplug and switch off equipment (screens, PCs, games consoles etc...)
  • Turn down the heating (but not off to avoid frozen pipes!)

Taking things further

We're working with Energy Coordinators across the University to plan entertaining and informative activities for the winter shut down.

Your local energy coordinator may get in touch to let you know about what's planned in your area.

If you are responsible for building systems - such as air handling, heating or computer server systems - please make sure that they are set to the appropriate setting for the quiet winter period.

If you're unsure about anything in your area then contact your line manager, personal tutor, building manager or local premises team.

Working from home

If you want to access your computer from home, then we recommend that you activate Wake on LAN for remote access to work-based PCs in ‘hibernate’ mode.

Winter shutdown poster preview for 2017 (enjoy your break and don't forget to give your equipment one as well!)

Download posters

Posters available to download and print below. Energy Coordinators will receive professionally printed posters in early December through internal mail.

2016 posters

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