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Technical University Welcome Day 2018 and SAVES2

Article by Joanna Romanowicz, SAVES 2 Programme Manager

The SAVES 2 team had the pleasure to be hosted by University of Bucharest in Romania, one of the universities taking part in the SAVES 2 project, 14th-15th of June 2018. The meeting was attended by project members who deliver and/or over see the Student Switch Off (SSO) and Student Switch Off+ (SSO+) campaigns in their respective countries (the UK, Ireland, Greece, Lithuania, Cyprus, Romania and Bulgaria), in addition to members who oversee the development of the online dashboard that feeds back energy savings in halls to students, and those that help with our communications.

The meeting was very productive, and the discussions focused around the student experience of the project (students involved in Student Switch Off at University Bucharest came along and spoke of their involvement), how both the SSO and SSO+ campaigns can be enhanced for the academic year 2018-19, and the impact that the first year of the project has had.

To date, during the academic year 2017-18, we’ve had some great engagement from students:

  • 11,942 students signed up to the SSO campaign (that’s nearly 1 in 3 students living in every dormitory!)​
  • 435 photos submitted​ as part of SSO competitions
  • 9,193 quiz entries (1 in 5 students took part in our SSO climate quiz)
  • 194 students became ambassadors for the SSO campaign
  • Over 25,000 students received information when living/moving into private accommodation on energy performance certificates, energy efficieny, smart metering and energy saving and a further 36,000 living in dormitories received information on what to look out for when choosing private accommodation (in particular in relation to energy efficiency), help reduce energy wastage and at the same time enable them to adequately heat their homes.

It has been a great year for the project so far, and we are currently in the processes of calculating how much energy was saved by our students across the 7 different countries. Watch this space!

All going well at the Technical University of Crete!

 

We are delighted to announce that Technical University of Crete has managed to surpass its targets for the year! According to the dashboard, the dormitory of TUC has achieved 10,6 % energy savings and obviously we will continue to save even further!

Over the last two months photo competitions have been running for students taking part in both the SSO and the SSO+ campaigns, with prizes sponsored by ANEK LINES. For SSO, the photo competition was about “Energy savings and the kitchen”, and for the SSO+ was “Savings and house”. Moreover, it is significant that in the competition for SSO+, many students participated, sending us creative and funny photos such as the photo of Jamal the dog below! The latest photo competition took place on Friday 23 March 2018.

Another significant event of the previous months was the seminar that took place at the Technical University of Crete. The main topic covered at this meeting centered around advice that can help students to significantly reduce their energy bills in their accommodation. Also, much of the discussion concerned the Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) and how important it is for students to ask the landlord for it before they even rent the apartment! Although we have had good participation at the seminar, we asked the students to inform their friends and encourage them to join our Facebook page, be part in our campaign and of course come to our next meeting that will held the next month.

Earlier on in the year (18-19th January 2018) a meeting took place of all the SAVES 2 project partners in Dublin, Ireland discussing the first months of the project, what worked well and what should change the next months; this meeting was attended by the representative of TUC. The next meeting is scheduled for June in Romania and TUC will also be attending, to share their successes (and challenges)!

As for the future… we would like to thank the students who helped us with the campaign, and reducing the consumption in the dormitories of TUC by 10,6%. For these reasons we plan to organize a small party with music and small buffet in TUC at the end of the year!  Οf course all students will be invited :)!

Stay tuned For all TUC Upcoming Events!

emails : sdiakrousis@hotmail.com

Facebook Page : Student Switch Off – TUC

URL of Article : https://saves.unioncloud.org/articles/all-going-well-at-the-technical-university-of-crete

Guest article by Stelios Diakrousis,

Dorm coordiantor at the Technical University of Crete, Greece

 

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