DMU staff and students actions for reducing electricity consumption | well done and keep up with the good work!!

Yesterday we talked about the technological improvements DMU have been making to its buildings to improve the energy consumption of the university. But reducing energy consumption does not only come from more efficient technologies, but also from the actions that everybody is taking during their time at DMU.

Do you know for example that lights left overnight in a office in a year can waste the same amount of energy to heat a home for almost 5 months?! [pfl306_lighting] It’s a LOT!!!! Don’t you think!?

So it is important that everyone try to do his/her best not to waste electricity, considering, on the other hand, that everyone needs to complete his/her job at DMU, so he/she will NEED to use some electricity!! 

Luckily, staff and students at DeMontfort are already partially aware and concerned by the impact of their actions on the environment, therefore they’ve implemented some measures in the past years.

  1. Eric Wood Building: 
    Staff in the 1st floor kitchen switch off their mains-fed water cooler every night! If you do this, remember to run off a couple of cups of water when you switch it back on in the morning. NOTE: For health and safety reasons, bottle-based water coolers should not be switched off.
  2. Gateway House: In shared offices where staff use extension cables for their PCs, they have agreed that the last person to leave the office will switch off the extension cable at the wall. This helps to reduce energy wastage via the IT cards in multiple computers, and also ensures monitors are off overnight when not in use.
  3. Trinity House: Following an energy audit last year, staff in Trinity House arranged for automatic lighting sensors to be installed in all bathrooms.
  4. Hawthorn Building: During the bright summer months when there is adequate daylight during occupied hours, some of the corridor lighting has been switched off to save energy.
  5. Portland Building: Low energy LED desk lights are used instead of full room lights in some offices. If you are the only person working in your office, it can be very energy efficient to use a low energy desk lamp (6 watts per hour for an LED lamp) rather than lighting the entire room (which typically uses at least 100 watts per hour for a single office and about 500 watts for a shared four person office).

This is a good start I think, but we need to do a lot more to reduce our electricity consumption at DMU. If we look at the charts in fact we can see that our electricity consumption during the 2011/12 academic year has decreased in comparison to the previous year, but it is still not enough if we want to tackle the problem of climate change. We achieved in fact a cut of the 6% on average on the 2009/10 levels.

The Climate Change Act requires in fact a national cuts in CO2emissions of 80% by 2050, on the 1990`s level. The target was set to limit the concentration of CO2 in the global atmosphere to not more than twice the pre-industrial level, that is, to no more that 550 ppmv, that would mean a cut of 60% of carbon emissions (1). The Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution afterword decided to increase the cut to the 80%.

Are you already doing something to reduce your energy consumption? Do you have suggestion for energy-saving behaviour to implement in your office, department, or between your group of class friends?

Have you ever thought that your everyday actions have an impact on the environment? Think to multiply all your switching lights, and your computer use, and the printing, etc. for all your colleagues or mates in the lectures and then multiply that for all the days your at the university. Doesn’t it give you an impressive figure?

Was something unclear? Was something not thoroughly explained? Would you like to know more about the impact of our actions? Please tell me if you need! And ask ask ask questions? Everyone have doubts. No one is the expert here.

See you soon! And head over Twitter and Facebook for more updates!



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