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What is 'go! Switch Off'?

Wherever you live, work, or study, you can take part in activities to help save energy and to save water. 

Even the smallest actions add up to big impacts. 

We’re facing a climate emergency and we want to slash the university’s carbon emissions by 63% by 2030.​

We’re already doing a lot but we need the help of everyone to meet our ambition.  75% of all the electricity used on campus is controlled by individuals!

The power is in your hands so, go! Switch Off!


Did you know...

Gas and electricity consumption on our UK campuses equates to around 40,000 tonnes of CO2 per year.




What you can do

These are the actions where we can making the biggest carbon savings.

  • Switch off all electronics and lights when you leave a room or when it’s no longer needed.
    • If all lights on our UK campuses were left on overnight, it would create around 15 tonnes of CO2 in a single evening!
  • Layer up instead of turning the heating up.
  • Don't waste it - only use what you need. Whether that's unplugging your devices when they've finished charging or turning taps off when you wash your hands and brush your teeth.

Every £1 saved on energy is £1 we can direct towards our core business and to help support staff and students more directly. 


Seasonal Switch Off

Each year we ask everyone to turn off all non-essential equipment before leaving for Christmas, Easter and the summer holidays.

Help us to save energy whilst the university is closed by thinking carefully about which equipment has to stay on, and switching off everything else.

Together with your colleagues, use our checklists to switch off your office, department or lab before leaving.

Switch Off checklist

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Lab energy walkaround checklist


Over a typical Christmas holiday period the university spends £180k on electricity despite being closed!

On Christmas Day itself we still use 70% of our usual daily energy consumption!




Living in halls on campus?

The go! Switch Off halls competition supports and encourages students to save energy and water.

The competition is scheduled to run from September 25 to October 31 2023.

This semester, the hall that saves the most energy will win a prize for the hall!

This is important not only to reduce our carbon emission but also because the more money the university spends on energy, the less it has available to support its teaching and research and the student experience.

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        All catered halls on campus, as well as Melton hall, are automatically taking part in the competition. 
        So, go! Switch Off.
  • Save energy and water, we’ll be sharing tips and checklists to help you do this.
  • Take shorter showersEvery minute you spend in a power shower uses up to 17 litres of water.
  • Air dry laundry instead of using the tumble drier. Tumble drying washing in halls of residence accounts for around 300 t CO2 each year.
  • Tell your friends and hallmates about the competition and encourage them to go greener and help your hall win!

Rutland Hall has won our autumn 2023 competition!

Congratulations to Rutland who reduced their energy consumption the most. Another congratulations to Lenton & Wortley and Melton who achieved 2nd and 3rd place respectively.

Newark Hall has won our spring 2023 competition!

We were delighted to announce that Newark Hall won our spring 2023 go! Switch Off competition!

Newark Hall managed to save 23,985 kWh which is 8.8 Tonnes CO2, this equates to two round trips from London to Singapore.

Sherwood Hall won our autumn 2022 competiton!

Congratulations also went to Newark and Lincoln who achieved 2nd and 3rd place.

Well done for everyone that made changes to save energy and reduce your carbon emissions – keep it up! The competition may be over but will resume again in the next academic year, so remember that we still have a long way to reach our  CO2 emission targets and we need your help to get there.







Sustainability Team

Estate Office, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD