There are loads of reasons that saving energy is important (think about the Polar bears!)
Follow these top tips to help reduce the amount of energy and water you're using in halls...
- Switch off lights in empty rooms
- Turn your TV, computer and other electronics completely off; using the standby function uses energy.
- If you find your room is too hot, turn the heating down before you open a window. And maybe take a layer off?
- Always dress appropriately for the time of year, wear a sweater if you are cold instead of turning the heating up.
Tip: Wearing several thin layers 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)
- Cook with lids on pans and match ring size to saucepan size
- Cook together with your flatmates so that you limit the amount of energy usage, sharing the oven can make cooking more efficient.
Tip: Buying in bulk is cheaper, reduces 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.
- Try to limit your shower to five minutes. The shower may use less water than a bath but it sure uses a lot more energy
- 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 saving energy and water, which in turn, tackles climate change!