Big Summer Chillout
Everyone is reminded to make efforts to help save energy over the summer.
Did you know: 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 months, room temperatures should not exceed 28°C.
Getting ready for summer
In order to help the University achieve its commitment to becoming zero carbon by 2040, all staff and students should complete a number of actions to reduce the energy usage across our sites. This includes:
|Checking the temperature of your workspace||If you are unsure of the temperature in your area, you can request to borrow one of our thermometers for a short period of time.||Order Here.|
|Turning your heater down to "Frost Prevention"||Heating is often not required over the summer months. By turning your heating down to frost prevention (often shown as a snowflake symbol), you are giving it well-earned break!|
|Get the most from your heaters||There are a number of different types of heater across the University. Guidance is provided on how to get the most from yours throughout the year.||Read the guidance.|
|Reporting faults||If you find a fault with lighting, heating, water, and other facilities issues then report this directly to your Nominated Fault Reporter as soon as possible.||Find your Nominated Fault Reporter.|
|Opening doors and windows in rooms without air conditioning||If you don't have air conditioning in your area, and if heating is turned down to frost prevention, opening a door and some of the windows may help draw a breeze through the space rather than using a fan.|
|Closing doors and windows if you have air conditioning||Locations that have air conditioning will stay cooler if windows and doors are kept closed as this keeps the cooler air inside.|
|Turning off lights||Lights are often left on unnecessarily over the summer. By turning these off as you leave a room, you are helping to reduce our energy consumption.|
|Taking a break?||If you are away from the University for prolonged periods over the summer months, remember to shutdown and switch off all equipment that is not in use at the plug.|
|Clearing out freezers||Defrosting your freezers regularly helps to keep the contents safe, whether it's staff food or laboratory samples. Iced-up freezers work harder and have a shorter lifespan.||Download your freezer clear out poster (2.91MB PDF)|