There are loads of reasons saving energy is important.
It tackles climate change, decreases your carbon footprint, can improve your health and saves wildlife from losing their habitats.
DCU Student Switch Off is all about helping us reduce the amount of energy we use in residences which can lead to you winning some great prizes.
To get started, we've put together a list of simple ways to save energy in your residences...
- Switch off lights in empty rooms.
- Turn any electronics completely off; using the standby function uses energy.
- If you find your room is too hot, turn the heating down or take a layer off before opening a window.
- Always dress appropriately for the time of year, wear a sweater if you're cold instead of turning the heating up.
Tip: Wearing several thin layers can help trap body heat
- Wait until you have a full load before using the washing machines and use a lower washing temperature (between 30 -40oC.)
- Put lids on your pans when cooking and try to match ring size to the saucepan size.
- Cook together with your housemates so that you limit the amount of energy usage, sharing the oven can make cooking more efficient.
Tip: Buying in bulk is cheaper, it helps reduce packaging and waste
- Watch out for overfilling the kettle. Boiling just enough water will save energy and it also means less waiting for your cuppa.
- Don’t run the water tap when you’re washing dishes or brushing your teeth.
By just doing a handful of these, you're on your way to help the Polar Bears! Get your housemates involved and you could win an array of amazing prizes.
To find out more, like DCU Student Switch Off on Facebook.