- Carbon Management Plan
- Energy at Edge Hill
- Renewable Energy
- Energy in the Home
- Energy in the Work Place
Carbon Management Plan
Edge Hill University has a responsibility to protect and enhance our environment and reduce the negative impacts excessive resource use and carbon emissions produce. The Carbon Management Plan formalises our continued commitment to sustainability through limiting our resource use of fossil fuels and reducing our carbon emissions.
The 2015 to 2020 Carbon Management Plan has reduced our Carbon Intensity from 94.1 kgCO2/m2 in 2009 to 63.9 kgCO2/m2 in 2015. That’s a 32.1% reduction despite a 67.2% growth in the estate over the same period. The actions from the CMP are saving approximately 3,487 tCO2 a year, equivalent to reducing our annual fuel bills by £818,750.
The 2015-2020 Carbon Management Plan continues and updates the work initiated in the previous CM.
Energy at Edge Hill
Setting the example for others to follow.
Reducing energy has been a priority at Edge Hill for many years. We have achieved this through numerous initiatives and Capital Projects work.
The University has invested heavily in redeveloping the campus with innovative energy efficient technology. The campus now includes:
- Ground source heating and thermal heat recovery using heat pumps
- Solar thermal and Photovoltaics
- Mini Combined Heat and Power, gas condensing fired boilers and heat recovery systems
- Heat recovery from the Durning Centre from co-located ICT servers and the University Mainframe Computer
Details of recent developments.
As the reliance on information technology (IT) increases in all walks of life, Edge Hill is addressing this by installing the most energy efficient equipment and systems possible.
Working in partnership with the Carbon Trust, other smaller projects have been identified and completed to contribute to emissions reduction such as:
- Upgrading of lighting
- Insulation of lofts
- Installation of timers on coffee machines and hot water boilers
Wind turbines harness the power of the wind and use it to generate electricity. Small systems known as “microwind” or “small-wind” turbines can produce electricity to help power the lights and electrical appliances in a typical home.
For more information on wind turbines visit the Energy Saving Trust
Solar Water Heating
Solar water heating systems use free heat from the sun to warm domestic hot water. A conventional boiler or immersion heater is then used to make the water hotter, or to provide hot water when solar energy is unavailable.
For more information on solar water heating visit the Energy Saving Trust
Solar electricity systems capture the sun’s energy using photovoltaic (PV) cells. The cells convert the sunlight into electricity, which can be used to run household appliances and lighting.
For more information on solar electric visit the Energy Saving Trust
Ground Source Heat Pumps
Ground source heat pumps use pipes buried in the garden to extract heat from the ground. This is usually used to warm water for radiators or underfloor heating systems. It can also be used to pre-heat water before it goes into a more conventional boiler.
For more information on ground source heat pumps visit the Energy Saving Trust
Air Source Heat Pumps
Air source heat pumps absorb heat from the outside air. This heat can then be used to warm water for radiators or underfloor heating systems, or to warm the air in your home.
For more information on air source heat pumps visit the Energy Saving Trust
Wood Fuelled Heating
Wood fuelled heating systems generally burn wood pellets, chips or logs to power central heating and hot water boilers or to provide warmth in a single room.
For more information on wood fuelled heating visit the Energy Saving Trust
Hydroelectricity systems generate electricity from running water – usually a small stream. Small or “micro” hydroelectricity systems can produce enough electricity for lighting and electrical appliances in an average home. Hydroelectricity systems are also called hydro power systems or just hydro systems.
For more information on hydroelectricity visit the Energy Saving Trust
Micro Combined Heat and Power (Micro CHP)
Micro combined heat and power (micro-CHP) is a technology which generates heat and electricity simultaneously, from the same energy source, in individual homes or buildings. The main output of a micro-CHP system is heat, with some electricity generation, at a typical ratio of about 6:1 for domestic appliances.
For more information on Micro CHP heating visit the Energy Saving Trust
To help you select the best renewable energy source for your property try the Energy Saving Trust Renewable Tool Selector – https://www.renewableselector.energysavingtrust.org.uk/
Energy in the Home
Whether it’s to save money, reduce carbon emissions or to save fossil fuels, not wasting energy in the home makes sense.
These simple tips will help you reduce your energy bills and your carbon footprint.
- You can lose up to 25% of the heat from your home through the roof and up to 35% through the walls. Insulating your walls and roofs is often the most cost effective way of saving energy.
- Insulate your hot water cylinder with a lagging jacket and if it has a thermostat, make sure it is set to the recommended temperature of 60°C.
- If your home is too warm turn the thermostat down by 1°C. This small reduction can save up to 10% on your energy bills.
- Try wearing a jumper if you feel chilly instead of turning up the heating.
- Heavy lined curtains will help to prevent heat escaping; therefore drawing your curtains at dusk will help to keep you warm in the winter.
- Low energy light bulbs use a quarter of the electricity than an ordinary bulb uses and lasts up to 15 times longer.
- If you’re out of a room for more than 20 seconds it saves money to turn the light off if you’re using a modern fluorescent bulb.
- Wash on as low a temperature setting as possible. Most current washing powers are equally efficient on the lower temperatures. Using 40°C instead of 60°C can use a third less electricity.
- Use the economy button and wash only full loads when possible.
- Using a microwave to cook or to reheat food is usually a far more efficient method of cooking.
- A pierced covering over the food will hold in moisture and speed up microwave cooking times.
- Cutting food into smaller pieces often speeds up the cooking time.
- Use the correct size pan for the quantities you’re cooking and place on the appropriate hob for the pan size.
- Don’t boil more water than you need (but if the appliance has an element make sure any minimum line is covered).
Fridges and Freezers
- Don’t leave the doors open any longer than necessary.
- Leave food to cool down before putting it into a fridge or freezer.
- Defrost fridges and freezers regularly.
- Don’t leave electrical equipment on standby.
- Unplug chargers when finished as they will continue to use electricity.
Energy in the Work Place
Each of these simple actions will avoid wasting energy. Individually the saving is not large but collectively the reduction is significant.
- Turn monitors and other equipment off when not in use – don’t leave things on stand by. The transformer of a laptop will still use energy even if the computer is not plugged in.
- Print on both sides of the paper or re-use old documents for drafts.
- Set small margins to use less paper.
- If possible use greyscale – it’s faster and uses less toner.
- Print several jobs all at once – lets the computer stay in the ‘sleep mode’ longer.
- Turn lights off on the way out if you’re the last person in the room
- Do you need the lights on? Many areas have plenty of natural daylight and therefore don’t need the lights if it’s bright outside.
- Don’t over do it – each task has on official lighting level which will be catered for when the building is designed. Adding your own lighting can increases energy use for no added value.
- Turn the radiator thermostats down (if possible) instead of opening windows if you feel too warm.
- Buildings are not legally allowed to be heated above 21°C. Wear extra layers if you feel too cool.
- If your room is prone to over heating open windows early in the day to let the colder outside air cool the room.
- Use the stairs instead of the lift – it saves energy and is good for your health and figure too.
- Spend to save – when buying equipment look at the lifetime energy use; what is cheap to buy is often expensive to run.