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Winter shutdown

    Many of us are going to be out of the office for the next couple of weeks, and so this is a good opportunity to save energy – see the graph of hourly electricity consumption in the Forum … Continue reading

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University’s climate strategy – Zero by 2040

The University has launched a new Climate Strategy – Zero by 2040. From the announcement: The United Kingdom, along with more than 170 other countries, officially signed the Paris Agreement in 2016. The agreement sets out a global target to … Continue reading

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Keeping the lights off

The Social Responsibility and Sustainability department have teamed up with the servitors to pass on details of energy-wasting “incidents”. We seem to be doing fairly well in the Forum, with only four incidents since February, all to do with lights … Continue reading

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A history of electricity conservation in a million readings

After a period of relative inactivity, prompted by being interviewed by the Social Responsibility and Sustainability Department, I’ve produced a plot of the electricity use in the Forum from July 2011 until now. July 2011 is when logs start from … Continue reading

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Sleep report

School of Informatics Computing Officer Chris Cooke has been working on the DICE sleep system recently, making it easier for machines to sleep whilst users are logged in. The system has been tested for a while and has now runs … Continue reading

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Sleep and biscuits

Here is some great news from Chris Cooke (Computing Officer) about improvments to the sleep system on DICE desktops: I’m looking for volunteers to help me test some energy-saving software.You will need to have a DICE computer already allocated to … Continue reading

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Event: ‘Our Climate Change Story’

I’ve had notice of this event, organised by the Sustainability office: ‘Our Climate Change Story’ Informatics Forum G.07, Tuesday 5th March 5-7pm This Climate Week, come along to find out what staff and students across the University are doing about … Continue reading

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Progress on pantry lighting

Dave Hamilton, building superintendent, has reported some welcome news on pantry lighting in his email to if-people: There has been a long standing problem in the Forum whereby pantry area lighting is tied to the main stairwell lighting and the … Continue reading

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Festive switch-off

Here’s advance notice of the Festive switch-off as it applies to Informatics. This year’s request from the Computing Officers will be similar to last year’s: Please help to reduce the University’s energy bill by switching off any equipment, including computers … Continue reading

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Live energy display now live

The live energy display I mentioned in June is now appearing in the sequence of images and videos on the plasma screen by the entrance. You’ll need to wait a maximum of about 15 minutes for it to appear. If … Continue reading

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