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Winter shutdown: how to help save energy

Staff are 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?

To help the University cut costs as well as carbon emissions, staff are asked to switch off lights and equipment before leaving for their break.

Simple steps

Winter shutdown

Everyone, don't forget to...

  • Tidy your desk and recycle what you can
  • 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
  • Close all of the doors and windows
  • Check for dripping taps
  • Unplug non-essential equipment (like printers, PCs etc...)
  • Switch off the lights (including decorations)

If you work in a lab...

  • Dispose of your waste correctly
  • Switch off and unplug drying ovens
  • Tidy your fume cupboard and bench
  • Rationalise your samples and defrost the freezers
  • Back up all of your work
  • Switch off / turn down fume cupboards and bio-safety cabinets
  • Unplug non-essential equipment (water baths, IT equipment, etc...)


Staff who are responsible for building systems, including air handling, heating or computer server systems are asked to ensure they are switched to the appropriate setting for quiet periods.

Staff with queries should contact their line manager, building manager or local premises team.

Working from home

Staff who wish to access their computer from home are encouraged to activate Wake on LAN for remote access to work-based PCs in 'hibernate' mode. Information Services provides guidance on how to do this.

Activating Wake on LAN/Remote Access for your Office Computer (1.45 MB)

Related Links

Winter shutdown page

Working from home

Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability