Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Saving energy at the ScotlandsPeople Centre

The Edinburgh based ScotlandsPeople Centre (http://www.scotlandspeoplehub.gov.uk/) is making a change that will affect all users visiting to do some research. From Monday 26th July 2010, whenever you arrive you will need to switch on the terminal that you will be working at yourself.

Since the centre opened, it had been regular practice to switch every terminal on at 8.00am despite the facility not being open until an hour later, and with many customers not arriving until the middle of the morning. That's a lot of wasted energy, and in an era where Government is looking to make savings and to be more environmentally responsible, the new rule ticks all the right boxes, and in my view should be welcomed. For those who are not as computer aware as others, there will be a set of instructions posted beside each terminal which will be illustrated with screengrabs, so the process will be fairly straightforward, but even if problems do emerge, the staff are only mere feet away and can help.

Visitors will not need to switch off terminals when they finish, but are asked to let a staff member know when they are about to leave, and it will be done for you.

(With thanks to Dee Williams at the ScotlandsPeople Centre)


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