On Christmas Day 2017 the University campus alone used enough electricity to cook 15,004 turkeys – that’s almost 2 for each staff member!
As a University, we have a responsibility to lower our carbon emissions and the Christmas Shutdown period gives us the perfect chance to demonstrate our commitment to reducing our impact on the environment. This year, the Christmas shutdown period runs from Friday 21st December 2018 to Tuesday 2nd January 2019, a full 11 days! By remembering to switch off all lighting and non-essential equipment over this period we can make a collective difference and also raise awareness of the need to cut carbon.
On Christmas Day last year, we managed to save 83,853kWh more energy than we did on the 25th in the previous year. Although we did save this extra energy, we still managed to use 305,649 kWh which is enough energy to drive around Britain’s coastline 244 times in a Tesla!
This is what you can do to help:
Before you leave for the Christmas break, check all lighting and IT equipment is turned off, including screens and projectors; and ensure that all non-essential lab and research equipment is turned off.
We will tell you how we did in the New Year!
Happy Holidays from the Energy Team and Sustainability Services