Governments and industries all over the world are increasingly aware of the urgent need to make smarter decisions around how to best use the world's resources, particularly energy. Australia is the world's 17th largest consumer of non-renewable energy sources and electricity use currently represents around half of our greenhouse gas emissions.
Improved energy efficiency is currently the most economic and ready available means of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and, combined with the adoption of new innovative technologies, presents an opportunity to become leaders in our field.
What is the University doing?
The University has undertaken a number of initiatives to reduce our energy consumption.
- Some fluro lights have been removed where they're not necessary, and Lismore is replacing older fluros with more efficient bulbs which use up to 35% less energy.
- Some spaces on the Lismore campus have been fitted with timers, controls and sensors for lighting and air conditioning so they're not running when the rooms are empty.
- Lismore campus has undertaken a lighting, heating and cooling audit and 4kW of solar panels have been installed at the National Marine Science Centre.
- 30kW of solar panels have been installed at the Student Services Centre on Lismore campus.
- 387 solar panels (99kW) have been installed on the roof of the library building on Coffs Harbour campus to feed in to the internal grid.
- Technology Services have installed power-saving settings on University PCs so that staff and students no longer need to switch computers off at the wall to reduce energy consumption.
- Buildings on the Gold Coast campus are designed to minimise energy usage, meaning they are capable of achieving the equivalent to a 5 star energy rating.
What can I do?
- Turn off the lights, air conditioning and appliances at the wall! Use daylight where possible and switch everything off when you are the last to leave a room.
- Report air-conditioning that is too cold or heating that is too hot to Property Services. Air-conditioning should be between 23°C and 26°C in summer and 18°C and 21°C in winter.
- Choose appliances with a high star energy rating.
- Don't purchase individual appliances for offices.
- Notify timetabling if you are not going to use a room you have booked.