It's Better Off

The Big Easter Switch off graphic

Don’t forget It’s Better OFF this Easter

With utility prices rising rapidly we are consuming on average £15,000 of Electricity each weekday! 

This year, the University is looking to reduce consumption by at least 5% over the Easter break, which would save more than £3,000 and over 4 tonnes of Carbon over the 5 day Easter break.

As part of the It’s Better Off campaign, the Sustainability team have provided some tips below on the ways you can reduce consumption within your office or building during this time:

  • Ensure your PC or laptop and monitor are switched off – equipment like USB hubs and docking stations should also be unplugged
  • Ensure windows are shut to keep buildings secure and maintain temperature
  • Unplug any phones or chargers
  • Turn off all the lights before leaving
  • Switch off all air con units, extractor fans and heaters
  • Switch off printers (except MFDs, which must remain on to prevent losing settings)
  • Turn off research equipment that does not need to be used over the break

Be sure to check what technical equipment can and can’t be switched off with a Technician or the user so as not to hinder any research.

The Facilities Management team will also be working behind the scenes to help minimise the mechanical plant running over the break.

The It’s Better OFF Energy Awareness campaign was initially launched in 2009 with the aim of make both staff and students aware of the way energy is used on campus. In its first year the campaign encouraged savings of around £100,000 through simple no cost behavioural change actions. “It’s Better OFF… to Switch OFF!”

Since 2009 the It’s Better OFF campaign has focused on increasing awareness of, not only energy use, but recycling, greener travel options and biodiversity awareness across the campus and is a widely recognised award winning campaign.

Since its launch energy efficient behaviour has become more common place, so the campaign now focuses of keeping staff and students aware of the energy they are using through regular reporting, energy exception reporting, and little reminders to make an extra effort to switch off.