Awareness Campaign Resources

DG Masterclass

Optimising Power at Work Campaign

OP@W Posters

Sustainability Checklists - Ward, Office, Laboratory

Case Study - Green Advocate Network at CUH

Energy Saving Tips - for home and work

FREE Room Thermometer Card

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Optimising Power @ Work - Staff Energy Awareness Campaign

The HSE is on target to deliver its 33 % energy saving by 2020.

Optimising Power @ Work (OP@W) is a staff energy awareness campaign which runs in large Civil Service buildings and some Government agencies. In late 2013 the National Health Sustainability Office, in conjunction with the Office of Public Works (OPW), introduced the programme to the HSE.

The programme involves 3 key fundamentals:

1)            Technology - Installing dedicated energy monitoring equipment in all buildings

2)            Specialist Resources - Energy specialists working with energy teams in each building

3)            Staff Engagement - Active energy teams comprising staff and other key stakeholders in each building


Optimising Power @ Work Staff Energy Awareness Posters

Light Relief Poster

Onwards and Upwards Poster

In Hot Water Poster

On a Power Trip Poster

Hit the 2020 Target Poster

In Deep Water Poster

You've Got the Power Poster

See the Light Poster

St Patricks Day Poster

Easter Poster

Sustainability Check Lists 

Office Energy Saving Tips

Sustainability Checklist – Green Meetings

Sustainability Checklist – Green Printing

Sustainability Checklist – Laboratory

Sustainability Checklist – Office

Sustainability Checklist – Ward

Thanks to Cork University Hospital, the first hospital in the world to be awarded a green flag, for their input into the lab, office and ward checklists which they developed a few years ago as part of their sustainability programme.


CUH Watts ChallangeCase Study - Green Advocate Network at CUH

As one of the largest teaching hospitals in the country, Cork University Hospital (CUH) is aware of the importance of getting staff buy-in to its Sustainable Healthcare and Living programme, a key part of which is controlling energy use. Part of CUH’s solution to get all staff on board is their Green Advocate Network, a network of over 120 ‘Green Advocates’ who are effectively the ‘eyes and ears’ of the programme on the ground, and vital to cascading the message in each ward/department of the hospital and throughout the campus. These committed individuals head up local Green Teams in every part of the site and are key players in spreading the message, gathering information and collecting ideas for improvement in sustainability in the workplace, including energy saving.

Green Advocates at the heart of sustainable action (CUH) - SEAI Engaging People Bulletin


Energy Saving Tips - for home and work

Top tips for saving energy at home
  • Turn down your thermostat - if yours is above 20ºC turn it down as lowering your thermostat by just 1ºC will knock 10% off your heating bill.
  • Turn the lights off when leaving a room or when there is enough daylight.
  • Switch appliances off rather than leaving them on standby - this will save up to 20% of your appliances’ energy use.
  • Take a shower rather than a bath - a typical shower uses only one fifth of the energy of a bath.
  • Use energy efficient light bulbs – they use 80pc less electricity than ordinary bulbs to produce comparable light and they last eight times as long.
  • Buy A-Rated appliances when possible - all appliances now need an energy label so check them for one.
  • Insulate your attic and walls – this could save you 30-40% on your home heating bill. SEAI provides grants for upgrading your insulation through the Better Energy Homes scheme.
  • Replace your boiler and improve heating controls - the Better Energy Homes scheme will also grant aid for high efficiency boilers and heating control improvements.

For more information on saving energy in your home and the grants available for energy improvements check out the Sustainable Energy Authority of Irelands website.

Top tips for saving energy at work
  • Switch off computers and non-essential equipment each evening, at weekends, & before holidays - this will save up to 20% of your appliances’ energy use compared to leaving them on standby.
  • Activate the power saving functions on computers, printers and photocopiers /fax machines.
  • Report any dripping taps, leaking pipes or broken toilets – saving water also saves energy.
  • Keep it on the screen – only print when necessary which saves paper and energy.
  • Ensure windows and outside doors are kept closed when the heating or air conditioning is on.
  • Use the stairs instead of the lift and if you can, consider walking, cycling or public transport when travelling to work – this saves energy and is also good for your health.


FREE Room Thermometer Card

Did you know that turning the heating down by 1°c can save energy and reduce heating cost by up to 8%?

To request free room thermometer cards for your Health Service building please contact

Thermometer Card