Winter Shutdown 2016: Switch Down and Shut Off!

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This winter break help us to meet our carbon reduction targets, and reduce costs to the University over the break! The Winter Shutdown is a University wide campaign for all on campus to make students and staff aware of the importance of leaving offices/workspaces and University halls of residence correctly. We are striving to become a sustainable University and one of the key elements of this movement is behaviour change. The Winter Shutdown campaign by the Environment Team aims to make all on campus aware of the effects that we have on energy consumption in the University and in time the amount of money we spend on energy bills. Furthermore, we hope to make everyone aware that through a set of four simple steps (outlined below) we can easily and effectively make individual differences!

One of the largest ways that the University wastes energy, which in time increases our bills, is by people on campus leaving lights on, computers and other electrical running over the break. This winter 2016 we would really appreciate your help in making sure you follow these steps closely before you leave, and ensuring your colleagues and friends do the same.

All staff:

Check all rooms in your building for the following:

  • Switch of ALL lights (including Christmas tree)
  • Switch off ALL electrical appliances, at the wall
  • Turn radiators down to ‘1’ setting or set thermostats to star
  • Leave nothing on standby
    • Computers
    • Photocopies/printers/scanners
    • Fans, heaters
    • Water coolers
    • Kettle, microwave etc.
    • Vending/coffee machines
  • Ensure windows are closed and blinds/curtains are closed (to keep heat in)

Academic building:

Equipment to think about switching off, if not being used over the break

  • Ovens
  • Centrifuges
  • Gas Chromatographs
  • Fume cupboards

All students:

Before leaving your room in University halls of residence for the festive break please remember to:

  • switch off ALL electrical appliances at the wall
  • switch off ALL lights
  • turn down radiators to “1” or set thermostats to star
  • do not leave anything on standby
  • close curtains

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