We are constantly seeking to reduce energy usage among UK students, and have provided all the gadgets and gizmos to track your usage. But what are the best ways of saving energy? It’s so much easier that you’d think to reduce your energy usage, and we’re going to share some of our favourite tips with you that you can put into practice in halls!
- Get Cosy
Put on some warm clothes and grab a hot water bottle before turning up your heating. By reducing the temperature of your thermostat by just one degree you can save a whopping £60 a year on your heating bill.
- Pull the plug
Make sure you switch off all the appliances you're not using - or better yet, unplug them. Unused appliances still suck up energy, so make sure if you're not using them, they're not costing you!
- Turn it right round baby, right round
Turn off the tap when you brush your teeth and make sure it's turned all the way and not dripping, this cuts down unnecessary water use.
- Know your limits
Limit your shower to 5 - 10 minutes, this not only cuts down your water usage - but you're heating bill is lower by not having a hot bath.
- Be cool
Wash your clothes at 30 degrees. Pretty much anything these days can be washed at 30 and by lowering your wash temperature you save so much energy! It's also more energy and cost effective to save your laundry from the week and do it in larger loads.
- Get pulling!
We mean your curtains! If it's a sunny or warm day make sure you pull the curtains to make the most of the natural heat. On the flip side, if it's a cold day, keeping your curtains closed will provide an extra bit of insulation.
- Brew responsibly
Only fill up your kettle with as much water as you need or you'll waste energy boiling water that will just sit in the kettle getting cold again.
- What a bright idea?!
Turn your lights off if you leave the room. Or make use of natural light - see point 6.
- Makin' waves
Use your microwave instead of the oven when reheating food. Your microwave will reheat the food much quicker, making the whole process more energy efficient.
- Learn which appliances use most energy!
We are currently running a ‘Which Uses More?’ competition over on our Social Media Channels! Just head to our Facebook: @TheStudentEnergyProject or Twitter: @StudentEnergyP and see our pinned post! Tell us which appliance uses most electricity and you could win £50!
The competition closes at the end of this month!