Energy efficient drying cabinets
At the beginning of January we awarded the tender for drying cabinets to VWR who will be supplying the Genlab insulated unit. This drying cabinet uses up to 70% less energy that traditional models because:
a) It is insulated, which means it retains heat more effectively and doesn't feel hot to touch.
b) It has a timer on it. Drying cabinets are often left on 24 horus/day unnecessarily, with a timer we can turn the oven off for 10 hours/day.
We have identified around sixty old drying cabinets in Biomedical Sciences and Chemistry that Sustainability will replace. These new units are healthy to both the environment and the wallet and should pay for themselves in under four years whilst saving the equivalent of 73 tonnes of CO2. That's the same as taking 16 cars off the road or six households, just in two departments!
If you have any old drying cabinets in your lab or department that you think might warrant a replacement, contact your technical team in the first instance who should then contact Anna Lewis, the Sustainable Labs Officer.