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Durham University

Greenspace

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 that is NEVER switched off.

Greenspace has provided departments and colleges with 'Beat the Baseload' stickers which are red, amber and green for use on all electrical equipment in the University 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.

Please use these stickers for guidance when out and about around the university and switch off items which carry a green sticker if they do not need to be on.

If you require Beat the Baseload stickers for your area in the University, please contact your Environment Champion. The full list of Environment Champions can be found here.