Energy and buildings
We are working to increase sustainability across the University's estate.
Behaviour change energy-saving campaigns
We encourage energy-saving behaviours through the Sustainability Awards, Sustainability Frameworks and Sustainability Champions network. Some materials such as 'switch off' stickers are available on request.
- Switch off. Check if there are any unnecessary pieces of equipment left on before leaving (e.g. room lights, lab equipment, printers). Do not power your University PC down, as it may prevent it from downloading necessary updates.
- You can request a plug-in timer for equipment with specific operation times.
University PCs: Default settings are for your screen to switch off after 10 minutes and your PC after 30 minutes. Consider lowering those values.
Don't overfill your kettle. If you half fill a kettle when you want to make one cuppa you used 2.5 x the energy you actually need. 150% of the required energy is completely wasted each time.
- Make sure that only one temperature control is active at a time. For example, either have a window open or have the heating on – not both. The same applies to air conditioning and portable heaters. You might think that having a portable heater will keep you warmer, but it can interfere with the thermostat and turn off the central heating. This can be particularly problematic when you are sharing the space with other people.
- Close doors to keep the heat in.
The University sets temperature standards for room heating and cooling. During the colder seasons (September-May) we aim for a room temperature of 21 - 22°C. In the summer, cooling is usually only considered if temperatures frequently rise above 28°C.
Report faults with lighting, heating, water, and other facilities issues will help to save energy. Find out who your EBIS rep is for your area, and be sure to report anything that seems amiss. This could include noticing faulty motion sensor lighting, dripping taps, and draughty windows.
Campus infrastructure efficiency
Work is ongoing to update our historic estate and ensure new builds follow best practices. If there is a potential project in your area that could save money and energy, please apply for the Sustainable Campus Fund. Past examples include replacing inefficient lighting and equipment.