As the festive season comes into full force and many countries across Europe are looking at how to tackle the energy crisis, sustainability and energy usage has become even more important than ever before. Germany has even imposed new rules with energy conservation when it comes to the use of digital signage. Many companies are now becoming more aware of the impact of digital technology and the effect it has on the environment.
As a platform that celebrates everything digital signage, we also want to help make a difference long term, which will ultimately make an impact on sustainable living and the environment. That’s why we’ve decided to explore the different tips and tricks with how you can save energy within your school and make a real difference.
One of the easiest ways to save energy is to make sure your screens are turned off overnight, for most schools this is most likely second nature as there’s no point having screens left on if there’s nobody there to see them. As this is a manual task and if there are many screens this can be pretty time consuming, so here are some easier options.
Set the timing on your screen
If your screens have the option and settings required to turn on and off at certain times then this can be a very useful way of making sure screens are only on when necessary. If the screens have the capability to do so, set each of them to only be on within specific hours such as between 8am and 4pm, or you can set different screens to only be on when they’re going to be seen. Take the screen in the dinner hall for instance, it probably only needs to be scheduled to be on when it’s being used at lunch time.
Save energy with timer plugs
As TV screens can sometimes be unpredictable and settings differ for various models, smart timer plugs can be a great alternative to use. Director of Innovation at RGS Worcester, John Jones explained how helpful they were in our 5 top digital signage tips from education professionals blog piece. Depending on the types used, timer plugs can be a great way of scheduling your digital signage to display and showcase whilst also having the ability to conserve energy when needed.
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Get even “smarter” with further integration
What’s to say you can’t go even smarter? During our recent ‘Creating engaging content for digital signage’ webinar, Alex Lynch at Alpha Academies Trust commented,
“Pairing our TrilbyTV players with WiFi Smart plugs means Alpha Academies Trust can monitor energy usage across multiple sites, schedule players and also screens to turn off at the end of the day and automatically come back on in the morning. We also went one step further and used an Amazon Alexa to connect to the Wifi Smart Plugs, which means we can simply ask Alexa to turn our Digital Signage on or off for us.”
We know how much of an influence technology can have environmentally and it’s always good to be mindful of the impact and positive changes that we can all make. To support the ongoing sustainability of technology we’re giving away a pack of 4 Tapo smart mini Wi-Fi plugs. These can be controlled via the Tapo app, with voice control compatibility which can be linked to Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. To enter, simply fill your details into the form below, the competition will end at Midnight on the 31/01/23. 18+ Terms and conditions apply. Good Luck!
Competition has ended.
Congratulations to the winner – Lee Shellard at Brookvale Groby Learning Campus!
*Terms and conditions– The prize: We are giving away 4 Tapo smart mini Wi-Fi plugs to 1 individual. Entries via web form only. To enter, you need to fill out your details in the form and submit. The competition starts at 9am on the 12/12/2022 and ends at midnight on the 31/01/2023. No proof of purchase necessary. The winner will be chosen via a randomised computer mechanism. The winner will be notified via email within 30 days of the end date and the prize will be dispatched, subject to response. Restrictions and Limitations: Prizes cannot be exchanged for a cash, we are only giving one prize (4 Tapo smart mini Wi-Fi plugs), Open to age 18+, competition is restricted to UK residents only. The promoter: Trilby Multimedia Limited, Suite 67, 123 Stratford Road, Solihull, B90 3ND.