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Environment and Energy


Ideas for a successful energy behavioural change campaign

  1. Hold a launch event to publicise the intent to focus on reducing energy use, explaining the benefits and asking for ideas from those attending. Offering free coffee and cakes is proven to increase attendance!
  2. Encourage staff and students to write and sign pledges describing what they personally will do to save energy.
  3. Recruit local champions, who will promote energy-saving measures and encourage their peers.
  4. Make it fun - consider running a competition between groups or teams. Consider offering a prize, perhaps funded by the anticipated savings from reduced energy use under the Electricity Incentivisation Scheme.
  5. Provide regular feedback on progress, with energy use measured with sufficient detail to show where energy is being used at a local level.
  6. Share identified best practice during the campaign.
  7. Celebrate the achievements of the campaign and re-invest the equivalent of the money saved through reduced energy use.

Practical ways to reduce energy use: encourage staff and students to…

  1. Switch equipment off when not in use.
  2. Change the culture from ‘Why is this piece of equipment OFF?’ to ‘Why is this piece of equipment ON?’
  3. Fit timers to equipment, so they are only on when needed.
  4. Draft a ‘last out = power down’ checklist (see example below).
  5. Identify power-hungry equipment and adopt an energy efficient pattern of use.
  6. Remember to switch off lights when not in use
  7. Aim to procure the most energy-efficient equipment for the job.
  8. Consider if there is a low energy way to achieve the task. If you don’t know a way, someone else might.
  9. Just try to be more aware of where energy may be being wasted.

Example lab shut-down checklist

  • all lights, including bench and desk lamps
  • coffee machine
  • UV lamps
  • water chiller
  • ovens
  • water baths
  • shakers
  • computers (unless marked to be left on)