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Energy Saving Tips for Your Laboratory Environment

Updated: May 23, 2023

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Laboratories contain a vast amount of equipment, often using a lot of energy.

This can include air conditioning, fume cupboards, cold storage, lighting, heating and technology costs.

As we face a cost-of-living crisis, it is important to understand how to reduce your consumption and help you achieve long-term energy-conscious procedures.

Turn off any laboratory equipment when it is not in use

Seems very simple and pretty obvious, however, keeping your computer in sleep mode will still use energy which could be saved by simply shutting the system down.

Turn lights out when you leave a room or are the last to leave an area. Better still, consider installing light sensors to only light the areas when in use.

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Power down all electrical systems when not in use

Keep your Fume Cupboards closed

When Fume Cupboards are not being used, they should be closed and ideally switched off.

However, when they are in use keep the sash door down to a lower height, ensuring it is still a comfortable and productive working environment. This will maintain the air volume and reduce energy wastage.

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Unilab Fume Cupboards

Cold Storage

Ensure regular temperature checks of your cold storage areas to make sure it is of the optimum temperature for storing any lab specimens or samples.

Remove any frost build-up as this will help reduce energy consumption and stop any damage to seals and equipment.

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Ensure cold storage is frost free

Out with the old

Due to advances in technology and safety new equipment is designed to use the least amount of energy possible. The same cannot be said for older equipment, and it is likely costing you more than you think.

By upgrading your older equipment, you can save money in the longer term.

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Upgrading older equipment can save money in the long term


A HVAC system manages the heating, ventilation and air conditioning for your laboratory.

A laboratory needs clean air depending on the field of study, to ensure there is no contamination or cross particle interference. This will likely mean that your HVAC system uses a lot of energy.

By routinely replacing or cleaning the system filters will not only reduce your energy consumption but also reduce the pressure on the unit. You should also ensure any vents are clear and clean.

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HVAC System should be well maintained and serviced

By educating your team on following these simple, yet, best practice steps will not only benefit the planet, but also your overall energy bill and consumption.

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