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Saving Energy at Work


  • Don’t leave lights on in empty rooms.  There is no reason for the lights to be on if it is not in use.
  • Switch off your computer and monitor when you finish work. This could save £39 per year per computer.

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  • Use the power saving features of your computer to switch off your computer's hard disk and monitor after they have been idle for 15 minutes. You can do this by going to Start> Settings> Control Panel Display> Screen Saver> Power. There you can adjust the times for switch off.
  • Keeping blinds open and turning off lights when there is enough daylight or when areas are unoccupied could save more than £10 per year per person.
  • Using the phone or video conferencing to avoid four car journeys could save £150 per year.
  • Reducing paper use by only printing when needed and printing double sided could save £20 per year each per person.
  • Have a switch off list of items that need powering down on an evening and make sure all colleagues know about the procedure.

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Heating and Water

  • Do not use portable heaters unless it is issued by Estates. If there is a problem with the heating, call the Helpdesk on x3001. Dripping tap image.
  • Turn off taps fully. If you discover leaky taps, please report this to the Estates Helpdesk on x3001.
  • Remember to dress appropriately according to the weather. Bring an extra jumper to work with you on colder days.
  • Keep furniture away from radiators. This will allow heat to flow around the room effectively.

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  • Can you work from home 1 day a week or even 1 day a month? If you can do this 12x a year, it could reduce your commuting miles by 5%.

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  • If you regularly drive to work, try a different method of transport such as train, bus, bike or walking.

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Myth Busting

Screen savers save energy


Screen savers don’t save energy; in fact, graphic intensive screensavers can burn twice as much energy and may prevent the computer from entering sleep mode.  

It’s cheaper to leave a fluorescent light on rather than switch it off


It is much cheaper to turn lights off when not in use even for a very short amount of time.

It’s better to leave a monitor on because continually turning them on and off uses more energy


A PC monitor only consumes one seconds energy worth of running time when being started up or closed down. As monitors account for 70% of the PCs energy use, it’s always better to turn them off when at lunch or at meetings.

Its better to leave a PC running because continually turning them on and off wears out the equipment


Regularly turning a PC off not only saves energy but also extends the machines life due to a reduction in mechanical wear. Manufacturers now recommend that users turn off their machines when not being used.

PCs and monitors automatically go in to sleep mode


You need to activate the PCs energy saving functions in your computers properties.

The radiator is cold so the heating MUST be off


The heating isn’t necessarily off. Where a building heating system or radiator is thermostatically controlled the radiator may go off because the office has reached an optimal temperature (19oC). The heating will automatically come back on if the temperature drops.

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