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Energy Saving Tips 


Lighting is a big consumer of electricity in University buildings.

Actions you can do to help:

  • Switch off lights when you leave the room – it’s a myth that it saves energy to leave fluorescent or other lights on – start-up electricity use is equivalent to only a few seconds of normal lighting.
  • Make maximum use of daylight.
  • Reduce decorative lighting such as fairy lights.
  • Nominate someone to switch off the lights after hours.


Computers and Office Equipment

Two thirds of the energy used by a computer is used by the screen.

Actions you can do to help:

  • Switch off your computer when you are not using it – screensavers save the screen not energy.
  • Switch off computer monitors if you leave your desk, even for a couple of minutes.
  • Always print double-sided – ask ICT (4044) for help in how to do this.
  • Think before you print – do you really need to print out that email?
  • Look out for those red lights and switch any equipment on standby off.
  • Switch off office equipment at night and make sure your monitors aren’t on standby – nominate the last person to leave at night to be responsible for this action (N.B. This doesn’t apply to Learning Centre student computers or the large printer/photocopier machines known as MFDs).
  • Don’t leave any other electrical equipment running overnight or at weekends unless there is a special reason for doing so.

Heating and Cooling

Some campuses have centrally regulated Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS), for example, Oxstalls Campus is all regulated under a BEMS. To find out if your building on your campus is regulated under a BEMS please contact Estates (4888).

Actions you can do to help:

  • Wear the right clothes for your office temperature.
  • Don’t open windows if the heating is on – contact Estates (4888) if the room is too hot or too cold.
  • Close the doors when the heating is on.
  • Contact Estates (4888) if your office doors and windows aren’t properly sealed.
  • Don’t use portable electric heaters or fan heaters above doors – contact Estates (4888) if your office is too cold.


The University is currently undertaking a Water Review to look at water costs and usage and how water is distributed around the campuses. Energy is needed to produce clean water and hot water has an even higher energy footprint than cold water so it is important to conserve both hot and cold water.

Actions you can do to help:

  • Drink from water fountains or taps.
  • Contact Estates (4888) if water taps are dripping and make sure taps are turned off after use.
  • Wash dishes in a plugged sink and not under a running tap.
  • Make sure you wash a full load when using the University launderette.
  • Don’t use more water than you need.
  • Contact Estates (4888) if the water is too hot.

Waste & Recycling

The University has reduced the waste it sends to landfill by 27% since its baseline year of 2005/06.

Actions you can do to help:

  • Make proper use of the Uni’s recycling bins – you can recycle all of the following in the bins:

1. Yellow Plastic bins:  plastic bottles / plastic milk bottles / cling film / plastic packaging.
2. Green Cans bins: food cans / drink cans.
3. Blue Glass bins: bottles / glasses / mixed colours of glass.
4. Grey Paper bins: white & coloured paper / magazines & newspapers / envelopes & window envelopes / leaflets.

  • Recycle your old mobile phones and empty ink cartridges.
  • Recycle your card and cardboard boxes – put the flattened cardboard next to the Uni paper recycling bin;
  • Look for goods with less packaging.

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