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Electricity is essential for everyday life; for cooking, lighting, charging devices and staying in touch with friends and family. Here are some easy ways you can save electricity whilst in our residences and at University.

  • Turn off personal and University computers when you’ve finished, if the computer has to remain on, then turn off the monitor to save energy.
  • Turning off lights when leaving the room is a great way to save energy.
  • Remember to unplug all of your devices when they’re fully charged or not in use. Between 9-16% of electricity consumed in residences is used by appliances when they are in standby mode.


The University provides heating, cooling and, where available, air conditioning. The University has a heating and cooling policy; during October to March, heating is provided if the outdoor air temperature is lower than 15°C. Here are a few tips to help you save energy.

  • If you think your radiator control valve is faulty or can see it is damaged, call the Facilities Helpdesk and they will arrange for this to be resolved.
  • If your residence has a thermostat, we recommend it be set at 21°C. Every 1°C you turn your thermostat down by saves around £100 per year.
  • Close curtains during the summer for cooling and open curtains during the winter to take advantage of natural heating.
  • Larger residential buildings have a Building Energy Management System that controls the heating, ventilation and air conditioning. You will not be able to adjust this system, however if you ever experience the indoor temperature in your area is extremely hot or cold, call the Facilities Helpdesk (2200) and let them know. Sometimes a simple repair or adjustment can save a lot of energy and improve comfort.
  • Dress for the seasons and in layers so you can moderate your own temperature.


Water is an essential part of living, whether that’s for drinking, cooking, cleaning or sanitation. Bathrooms account for almost 70% of water use in an average residence, so this is a great place to avoid waste. Here are a few tips to help you use water responsibly and, in the process, reduce waste.

  • Report any leaks or drips straight away to Facilities Helpdesk (2200).
  • Take shorter showers.
  • Only use the amount of water you require when cooking, cleaning and filling up the kettle.
  • Turning off the tap when brushing your teeth can save as much as 1,600 pints, 1,800 500ml bottles, 4,000 cups of tea and 25,600 shots per month!

Green Chester is run by the Sustainability Unit at the University of Chester, which sits within the Estates & Facilities Department and aims to ensure that the University of Chester leads by example, putting sustainability at the heart of decision making and service delivery. Find out more information here.

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