Department of Estates

How can I help?

The University has been very proactive with environmental initiatives however, there are things you can do to help.

Heating and cooling

Heating and cooling is a large contributor  to the University's Carbon Footprint. This can be reduced, whilst making your office/workspace more comfortable with a few simple steps.

  • Set your radiator thermostat to reasonable levels – if it has a valve with numbers, 3 is usually OK. We typically aim to heat rooms 18 -21°C.
  • Ensure your radiators are not blocked by furniture or files, as they will absorb the heat.
  • If your radiator is cold, don’t assume the heating is off – the Building Management System (BMS) may have decided it’s warm enough.
  • Don’t leave doors open if your office is cold (corridors are not generally heated).
  • If your office has draughty windows and doors please submit a Maintenance Request.
  • Do not use portable heaters; they are potentially dangerous, use a lot of energy and can actually make the building cooler. The BMS sensors may register the heat from the portable heaters and shut off the heating. 


  • If your office gets too hot, please turn down your radiator before opening the windows and doors. If you’re still too hot then submit a Maintenance Request.
  • Keep doors and windows closed in air-conditioned areas, if you don’t the cool air will escape.
  • In summer, use blinds, to reduce over heating from the sun.


  • Switch off lights whenever you’re the last person to leave a room.
  • Use natural light when possible.
  • Within your team ensure someone is responsible for ensuring all lighting is turned off at the end of the day.

IT equipment

  • Switch off computer screens whenever away from your desk.
  • Switch off photocopiers, printers and computers over night, during the weekends and holidays.
  • Don’t switch on computers and printers until you need them.
  • When purchasing new equipment look for items with high energy efficiency.


  • Drink tap water (when possible) rather than bottled water.
  • Turn taps off properly and report any dripping taps as a Maintenance Request.
  • When you make a hot drink only fill the kettle with as much water as you need. Doing this we could save up enough energy to light ever street lamp in the UK for a day (5.6 million lights)!
  • Fit a timer to water coolers and other devices so that they do not use energy unnecessarily during the evenings and weekends.
  • Regularly defrost your fridge to avoid wasting energy. You should also check the seals on your fridge/freezer to ensure no warm air is getting in - the seals should be tight enough to hold a piece of paper securely when closed.


There are a number of sustainable transport methods to the University.


  • Check you have access to recycling bins close to where you are based. You should have a plastics and cans and a paper bin nearby. If this is not the case, please contact the Waste and Recycling Manager.
  • Glass can be recycled by agreeing a suitable location with your Portering/cleaning team for you to leave it
  • Leave cardboard recycling next to your general waste bin for collection
  • Please recycle as much of your waste as possible. Some common items which cannot be recycled are plastic bags, soft plastic packaging and black plastic.
  • Use the University Swap Shop if you need anything new or have good quality items which need a new home.

Download the leaflet

ENERGY SAVING- What you can do