Beat the Baseload
'Beat the Baseload' is a campaign to 'beat' down our electricity Baseload to the lowest levels it can be and to eliminate the electricity 'wastage' we have around our Estate. The Baseload is the electrical load that is always there i.e. equipment etc that is NEVER switched off.
Estates and Buildings are going to begin sending Baseload data to departments and colleges every month, along with the usual energy figures, to allow you to see if your efforts to reduce your Baseload are working. We will be monitoring this on a monthly basis so we can report on progress to you and the Carbon Management Team. Summary graphs will be available to see on this web site.
Staff Environment Champions have been asked to carry out an energy 'walk-through' of their buildings with other relevant members of staff. This 'walk-through' will help to identify what makes up your Baseload and discussions with colleagues should help to identify pieces of kit which can be turned off, thus lowering your Baseload. Greenspace will be providing departments and colleges with 'Beat the Baseload' stickers which are red, amber and green for use on equipment / plugs etc... to allow people to see what can and can't be switched off (Green - Yes, switch me off; Amber - Ask before switching me off; Red - No, do not switch me off). We need to know how many of each colour sticker you need so please let your Environment Champion know what can and can't be switched off in your area, and please switch off anything you know does not need to be left on.
The full list of Environment Champions can be found here.
Beat the Baseload - Christmas data
We took the baseload data from a control week in November and compared it to the baseload data for a week over the Christmas 2011 vacation. The baseload comparison graphs for Colleges and Departments demonstrate how we need to begin to identify what makes up our baseload and then 'beat' it down to the lowest level possible.