Earth Hour

Earth Hour is Every Hour at UOW

Use your power

Earth Hour graphic

Earth Hour is an international campaign that is happening on Saturday March 28, 2015 at 8:30 pm. Tens of millions of people around the world will turn out their lights for 1 hour.  For more information go to http://www.earthhour.org.au

UOW is participating in Earth hour and promoting actions to reduce unnecessary electricity consumption not just during Earth Hour but Every Hour and we would like to encourage you to participate here at UOW and at home.

We can Make a difference

Energy reductions can only be achieved through the efforts of everyone of us switching off unneeded items.  Thanks to everyone who participated last year.  With your support we can all make a difference.

UOW continues to implement energy saving initiatives across its campuses to improve the efficiency of HVAC and lighting systems.  For more information visit Energy Planning.    However, most energy savings can only be achieved by individuals switching off items when they are not in use.  UOW  has a number of campaigns to support staff to Switch off such as the holiday switch off campaigns including the I'm off for Christmas and Shut down Switch off Campaign.  If you have any ideas and suggested areas to focus that will help reduce electricity consumption within your work areas or UOW student residence please email the ESI unit.   ESI will love to hear from you and will support your ideas where possible .

Use your power and Switch off at UOW

At UOW Campuses and UOW student residences please look at what items you can switched off for the Earth Hour weekend and beyond. Refer to below for guidance on what can be switched off.

 

Host or get involved in an Earth Hour event 

For ideas and to register to host your own earth hour event go to http://www.earthhour.org.au.  

Participate in the UOW 2015 Earth Hour Survey and WIN

UOW are hosting an Earth Hour Survey this year to help us understand energy consumption practices.  In particular the survey will help us to understand what is being left ON at UOW overnight and the reasons why.


What can be switched off at UOW Campuses for Earth Hour and beyond?

Computers and Monitors

Ensure you switch off your monitor and shutdown your computer before you leave every day (not just for Earth Hour).  Have a look at UOW's Shut down Switch off Campaign for more information.

Printers and Scanners and photocopiers

All of these items can be switched off. If you are unsure how to do so please contact IMTS on ext 3000 or your Faculty IT staff for advice and instructions.

Shared Large Multifunctional Devices and Fax machines

These items can be switched off for Earth Hour, however, please discuss this with other staff beforehand and leave a poster on the device notifying staff that you have turned it off for Earth Hour.

In considering whether to turn off these devices, please be aware that if you switch off your multifunctional printer/fax that no faxes will be received during this time.

Lights

Turn off any lights that are manually operated when you leave everyday (not just for Earth Hour).

Ceiling and Personal Fans

Ensure you turn off your personal and ceiling fans when you leave everyday (not just for Earth Hour).

Mobile Phone and Battery Chargers

When you are not charging your mobile phone or batteries make sure you switch them off at the power point as they still use power even when they are not charging.

Air Conditioners

As you are probably aware there is a wide range of control methods for the air conditioning systems around campus but generally they will fall in to one of two categories:

1. Automatically Operated systems: these are a mix between local time clocks or campus Building Management and Control System mechanisms. Areas with these systems will be automatically switched off after work hours.

2. Local manually controlled systems: please ensure that these units are turned off when you leave each day.

Zip Boilers

Wall style Zip Boilers are able to be turned off at the power point. Please discuss this with other staff beforehand and leave a poster on the device notifying staff that you have turned it off for Earth Hour. 

On advice from maintenance staff, DO NOT TURN OFF the under sink style zip boilers. If you want further advice or clarification please contact the Facilities Management Division (FMD) Service Centre.

Kitchen Fridges

DO NOT TURN OFF FRIDGES for Earth Hour they are essential items that need to be left on!!!

Equipment in Laboratories

Only Laboratory Managers (or staff assigned to particular items of equipment) are to turn off anything in Laboratory areas. Laboratory Managers (and assigned staff) are to use their discretion taking into consideration risk management, OH&S, research requirements and the operating issues of the items prior to turning off any items of equipment under their management. It is also strongly suggested that they discuss any proposal to turn off items in consultation with users.

What can be switch off at a UOW student residence for Earth Hour?

 

Lights

Turn off any lights that are manually operated when they are not needed (not just for Earth Hour)

Ceiling and Personal Fans and heaters

Ensure you turn off your personal and ceiling fans and heaters when they are not needed (not just for Earth Hour).

Computers and Monitors

Ensure you switch off your monitor and shutdown your computer when you are not using them (not just for Earth Hour).

Fridges

DO NOT TURN OFF FRIDGES for Earth Hour.  They are essential items that need to be left on!!!

Mobile Phone and Battery Chargers

When you are not charging your mobile phone or batteries make sure you switch them off at the power point as they still use power even when they are not charging.

TV/DVD/Stereos

Make sure you switch them off at the power point when not in use as they use power in standby mode.

If the items are in common rooms leave a poster on the device notifying residents that you have turned it off for Earth Hour.

More information?

If you have any queries, please contact the Environmental and Sustainability Initiatives Unit environment_team@uow.edu.au.

Downloads

Download the I'm off for Earth Hour poster.

  

Last reviewed: 12 March, 2015