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Help Sussex to save electricity and cut bills this winter

We are now in the coldest and darkest months of the year, which means that we are currently in the Triad season (between November and February).

During the Triad season, additional charges are applied to the University’s utility bill, based on a sample of electricity used in three half-hourly periods. The fees involved can come to £100,000.

As part of the University's Go Greener campaign, it's important to try to avoid wasting electricity - especially during peak periods in the season when electricity demand is at its highest.

Peak periods to be aware of are between 4.30 pm and 6.30 pm on any given day, when it is dark and cold. The University will know when the sample periods were only once the season is over.

Please use the tips below to help reduce electricity demand during the Triad season:

  • undock your laptop and use its battery for this time (if you can't use the University wifi, please use internet cables to retain connectivity)

  • stop charging personal devices such as mobiles and tablets at this time

  • turn off monitors that are on standby at empty desks in your office or in computer rooms

  • try keeping printing to a minimum, or schedule your printing around these times where possible and turn off printers where possible

  • turn off lighting and ventilation/air conditioning in offices, meeting rooms, toilets and kitchens when they are empty or not in use

  • turn off any electric heaters where possible

Go Greener at Sussex

The University of Sussex has begun an ambitious journey to become one of the greenest universities in the UK and is working towards cutting its carbon emissions by 45 percent by 2020. More information.

By: Sean Armstrong
Last updated: Thursday, 31 January 2019