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21/04/2023

Going Green – What are DIGS doing?

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There’s never been a better time to go green. Together, we can work towards investing in our planet and start making more eco-friendly choices in our day to day life.

With consumerism at its peak, we are experiencing record levels of green-house gases being emitted into our atmosphere. Environmental protection is a must. It’s not only for your future, but for the preservation of our world for generations to come.

These are some of the things we are doing at DIGS to be more sustainable at our student accommodation.

Huddersfield 

  • 75% of our waste is recycled. This includes cardboard, paper, glass, plastics, food, cooking oil, metals and even old furniture and mattresses.
  • Creating water borehole systems to utilise water from rainfall and underground springs.
  • The Venue use fully biodegradable disposables instead of plastics including paper straws, cups, bamboo plates, knifes and forks.
  • Boilers are being optimised to reduce gas and electric consumption as we make a conscious effort to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. This includes a phased replacement to energy-efficient boilers.
  • LED lighting is being rolled out across our accommodation to further reduce electrical consumption. This will be alongside the addition of movement sensors in stairwells and landings in Huddersfield so lighting automatically turns off when not required.

Sheffield 

  • District heating – Any waste that can’t be recycled is burnt in a nearby waste processing plant. This process generates Sheffield’s very own district heating network that we are proud to be part of. Hot water is pumped directly into the building using this waste as fuel, meaning you get hot water and heating without the need or use of more fossil fuels.
  • Green roofs –  Green roofs have tonnes of benefits including purifying the air and regulating indoor temperature. They’re also much more visually pleasing and a great home for insects.
  • Microwave sensor lighting – We’re currently trialling a new sensor lighting system in communal areas. Microwave sensors help the environment by ensuring that lights can’t be left on and are only used when needed.
  • Bedroom LED lighting replacement – All bedrooms are on a phased LED replacement due to be completed this Summer. LED lighting has a longer lifespan and is more energy efficient.
  • Tamper proof thermostats – All apartments are now set to 22 degrees meaning it’s a moderate temperature year-round.
  • Heat exchange servicing – All heat exchanges are currently being serviced, which means that there is a consistent even temperature without wasting energy.

Wolverhampton

  • Microwave sensor lighting – We’re currently trialling a new sensor lighting system in communal areas at Wolverhampton. Microwave sensors help the environment by ensuring that lights can’t be left on and are only used when needed.
  • Bedroom LED lighting replacement – All bedrooms are on a phased LED replacement due to be completed this Summer. LED lighting has a longer lifespan and is more energy efficient

How you can help

  • Save energy – Turn radiators down when they don’t need to be on, as well as lights and electrical appliances when not in use to be more energy-efficient.
  • Reduce water usage – Use a washing up bowl to wash your pots instead of letting the water run, and turn taps off whilst brushing your teeth.
  • Recycle your waste – Use the recycling bins provided to help reduce pollution and environmental damage.
  • Wash cold – Laundry pods and detergents work just as effectively in lower temperatures. Doing your laundry on a 30/40 degree wash is great for your clothes and the environment.
  • Ditch single use products – Get a reusable coffee cup and grab a hot drink to go from our on-site shop, this can be a simple change in your morning routine to support sustainability.

Implementing these small acts with big impact will set you on your way to becoming a sustainable student. Going green has never been easier!

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