Energy Management

FMU actively monitors energy consumption across the University and has implemented a range of strategies to reduce both consumption and the resultant carbon emission impact. Recent strategies have included:

  • Adjusting the set point temperatures of all heating and cooling
  • Increasing the reliance on 'push button' controls for heating and cooling
  • Reducing the number of gas hot water heaters in active service
  • Ensuring fume cupboard sash alarms are active and activation times are appropriately calibrated
  • Reviewing our ability to increase reliance on renewable energy sources
  • Replacing old lighting systems with LED comparative systems 


Year on Year Comparison of Energy Consumption

 Comparative energy consumption - Gas and electricity

Please contact us if you would like more information on individual campus of building energy consumption.


What can I do to help?

Check out the links below or send us your ideas.

  • Lower sash height whenever possible
  • Identify which cupboards can be switched off safely when not in use
  • Prepare equipment before switching on the fume cupboard
  • Complete non-hazardous processes on the bench to reduce running time
  • Avoid using fume cupboards as chemical stores wherever possible

Report faults including leaks ASAP via the online tool.

  • Switch off the lights in common areas when no one is present
  • Switch off your office lights when you leave your office; particularly if it is well lit by natural light
  • Switch off your monitors when you leave your office for more than 15 minutes
  • Where possible, put your computer into 'sleep' mode when not in use
  • Switch off general equipment that is not in use. This mat include incubators, centrifuges, microscopes, analytical equipment, sterilisers and ovens
  • Ensure all items with a heating function e.g. heating blocks, microscopes, PCR machines, water basins are switched off when not in active use
  • Use curtains and blinds effectively
  • Set your heater/cooler to a set point that is as close as possible to the ambient temperature, while still being comfortable
  • Set your cooler no lower than 24 degrees and heater no higher than 20 degrees (every additional degree lower/higher uses an additional 10% of energy)