Your PC Settings

Your Computer
  • Change the power saving settings on your PC by going to Start  >  Settings  >  Control Panel  >  Power Options
    and set your :
  • Monitor to switch off after 5 minutes.
  • Your PC to go into standby after 30 minutes.
  • Switch off your PC and monitor when you leave your room or workspace
  • Switch off your printer, scanner and photocopier when you leave your room or work space.
  • Remember to switch equipment off at the plug - PCs, especially laptops, still use energy when they are shut down but still plugged in. This will also reduce the risk of overheating and fire.


  • Use only the lights you need and switch them off when light is sufficient.
  • Switch off any remaining lights when you leave your room or work space.
  • Report faulty lights to the Campus Site Office - they will still be using energy, even if they are broken

Using other electrical items more sustainably

Using other electrical items more sustainably
  • Use only the water you need when boiling a kettle. Use hydro-boil heaters where they are provided, as these are much more energy efficient than a normal kettle.
  • Turn TVs and DVD players off at the plug when you have finished with them. Do not leave them on standby.
  • Unplug your mobile phone charger when you aren’t using it or it will continue to use electricity.

Heating and cooling

Heating and cooling
  • Set heating thermostats to a maximum of 20 °C.
  • Set air cooling thermostats to a minimum of 23 °
  • Set valves on radiators to a maximum of 3 and remember to turn down or off completely when you leave for the weekend or holidays.
  • Turn radiators down or off if your room is too hot.
  • Close all windows when leaving your room or work space. This will also
    improve security.
  • Keep doors and windows closed in areas with air cooling.