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Durham University


Energy Awareness

As part of our Carbon Management Plan, engagement and behaviour change initiatives will play a huge role to reduce our carbon footprint and meet our Carbon Targets. This year we have created the ‘My Greenspace Calendar’ with December and January focused on Energy and Low Carbon Technology. We have been promoting energy-efficient actions to help everyone reduce their energy consumption whether they’re at home or work.

So we invite you all to join the Power Down Challenge!

Whether you’re a total newbie or an energy-saving expert, we hope you find some useful tips to help you save energy and reduce your carbon footprint. To take part in our first virtual challenge, save a copy of the Power Down Challenge and tick off all the Actions you have completed, share with your friends and family and tag us on Facebook @DUGreenspace and join the event #PowerDownChallenge.

Get involved and start your Power Down Journey today!
To help you get started we've created an interactive Sway to help you on your Power Down Journey. Click here for all the tips, video, and our future plans.

During our Energy Saving Campaigns we will include activities for staff and students that aim to help eliminate energy wastage:

  • All University staff and students are reminded to look out for Beat the Baseload stickers across the University/in their room serving as useful reminders as to what can be switched off when not in use.
  • Livers In will be taking part in the Inter-collegiate Energy Competition.
  • Students can read the Student Energy Saving Tips to help find ways to reduce energy consumption.
  • Staff can read Staff Energy Saving Tips to help find ways to reduce energy consumption.
  • University members were encouraged to look at the Thermostatic Radiator Valve (TRV) infographic and apply good practice by setting their TRV to 3 or 4.
  • Livers Out were directed to the tips in the Greenspace Livers Out Guide to help keep their homes cosy this winter.
  • Students could also take part in the Energy Quiz to find out further tips to save energy.

Inter-collegiate Energy Competition

As we are in another national lockdown and students are not returning for the Epiphany Term, our Inter-Collegiate Energy Competition cannot go ahead.

Last year the College competition saved 1,970 kWh, with Collingwood College reducing their Electricity use by 5.4%!

Here’s last year’s leader board. Did your College step up and Power Down?

The inter-collegiate energy competition challenges colleges to decrease their electricity usage as much as possible by adopting behavioural changes to eliminate energy wastage.

When is the competition?

The competition will take place between Monday 17 to Sunday 30 January 2022.

What will be measured?

The competition compared each college's average weekly electricity usage during the competition to its average weekly usage during the test period prior to the competition.

Who won in 2019?

The results of the 2019 competition are available here.

Congratulations to John Snow College who achieved a 5.01% reduction in electricity consumption compared to the test period. John Snow won £250 for their JCR.