Great Xmas Switch Off

It’s that time of year again.  Decorating the Christmas tree, then turning up the heating and snuggling down in front of a good film.  Unfortunately, it’s also the season for high energy bills and the University is as prone to them as everyone else.  In the next couple of weeks the Estates’ Environment Team will also be preparing for the holidays. We’ll be doing our bit to ensure the University isn’t spending money on heating and lighting empty spaces.  We’ll be ensuring that plant is set to run purely for frost protection, and encouraging staff and students to switch appliances and lights off before they leave for the Christmas period.  Watch out for our posters and handy tips.


Please remember to switch off before you leave!Christmas switch off poster

  • Switch off your PC/laptop and monitor at the plug
  • Switch off your office light, desk lamp and any display or decorative lights
  • Agree who in your office will;
    • Switch off shared office equipment such as printers and photocopiers at the socket – a photocopier on standby overnight wastes enough energy to make 30 cups of tea!
    • Switch off the kitchen equipment such as hot water boilers, kettles, microwaves and water coolers
    • Empty and switch off the fridge in your kitchen area
    • Switch off stand alone electric or wall mounted radiators at the socket
    • Turn off taps and report dripping taps to the Estates Helpline
    • Shut all windows and office doors
  • If it is essential to run fume cupboards over the holiday period please ensure the sash is closed