Blackout campaign this Christmas

14 December 2016

We’re planning a cracker of a Blackout campaign this Christmas – but we need your help.

Previous weekend Black Outs have demonstrated electrical savings of up to 20% per building compared to other weekends. This time, we aim to save at least 40 tonnes of CO2, and financial savings up to £30,000 over the Christmas period from 4pm on Thursday 22 December to 9am on Tuesday 3 January. We’ll be able to measure the impact per campus and per building – and we’ll let you know in the New Year just how much we’ve saved.

There are some very simple actions you can take to help us achieve our aim.

Before you go on leave, turn off all lights (including Christmas lights) and please close all windows.

Please also remember to switch off all your own non-essential electrical equipment including the following items and anything else that doesn’t need to be on during closed days:

  • Phone chargers
  • PCs
  • Monitors
  • Speakers
  • Electrical heaters
  • Fans
  • Mini-fridges
  • Coffee machines
  • Microwaves
  • Individual printers

Please don’t turn off central printers – or research fridges and freezers. If you’re not sure which equipment can be safely switched off, please contact Janet Sanders on

Many thanks for your support and season’s greetings to one and all.

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