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Every kilowatt-hour counts – let's work together!

The government has instructed all public authorities in Sweden to save as much energy as is possible during the winter. Various measures will be introduced at the university and remember that even the slightest adjustment can make a significant impact if we all contribute to the reduction of our electricity consumption – every kilowatt-hour counts.

The government has ordered all public authorities "to implement energy-saving measures in public administration", but the description of the order itself is mainly about saving electricity. Savings started in October and will be reported monthly to the Swedish Energy Agency. every month until the end of May 2023.

The background is, of course, the high electricity prices and energy shortages expected in Europe this winter due to sanctions imposed in response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Sweden is not expected to be affected worst, but by saving electricity and other energy here, we can help other regions in Europe.


Stockholm university have discussed, with the property owners, how we can save electricity on an overall level. Following proposed measures will of course not endanger the working environment. Some of the quick energy saving measures that are implemented:

  • The operating time for the ventilation in buildings that do not have laboratory activities will be reduced by one hour per day - which, according to calculations, will provide a saving of 74,000 kWh per year.
  • Allhuset/Lantis will be closed on weekends from 29–30 October – which is estimated to provide a saving of 110,000 kWh per year (we also save district heating). Refer students to study places in e.g. The University Library, Student House or Albano.
  • In buildings where we have geothermal heating (e.g. Studenthuset and Arrheniushusen A-H and NPQ), the temperature will be lowered by one degree - which, according to calculations, will give a saving of approx. 74,000 kWh per year. 

In addition to the overall measures, employees and students are also encouraged to save electricity and other energy. Some tips to follow:

  • Turn off the lights when you leave a room
  • Avoid using the elevator
  • Only run the dishwasher when it is full
  • The last employee to leave the premises for the day checks that everything is switched off/closed
  • Do not use interior heaters or electrical radiators that are connected to the wall outlet
    (they are both a fire risk and increase energy consumption)
  • Do not leave mobile phone chargers etc. in sockets when not in use
  • Activate power saving mode on computer and screen
  • Prioritize "travel-free" meetings if possible 
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