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Switch & save

By Skaur 05 Sep 2017

Living in halls is an exciting time - you'll be rushed off your feet attending lectures, making new friends and finding your way around campus and probably forget about switching that light off!


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To make your life a little easy, we’ve condensed down the complex world of energy saving into four simple tips:

Switch off lights and appliances

As you have made it to university hopefully this tip will not come as a shock - while most people are already pretty good at switching lights and gadgets off it’s always worth a reminder!

Don’t overfill the kettle

There are some times in life when you just need a cup of tea, and 200ml is plenty of water for a single cuppa and it’ll boil in no time. You can use the time you’ve saved to start that reading you’ve been putting off, or more realistically to browse Facebook aimlessly!

Put a lid on it

Putting a lid on your saucepan reduces the amount of energy required to cook your food by up to 90% AND cooks your food quicker, double-win.

Put a layer on, not the heating!

When things get chilly, instead of turning up your radiator just put on a jumper or a nice jacket like the suave gentlemen to the right. A jumper adds a whopping 3 degrees of warmth to your body and often makes you look even more stylish. Warning: this does not apply to Christmas jumpers!

 

And the rest...

Of course, there’s much more you can do than just the four actions above so if you’re feeling adventurous, why not give these a go:

  • Open your curtains during the day to let in sunlight aka heat! 
  • Take short showers (saves water too)
  • Wash your clothes at 30 degrees
  • Cook together - saves energy, money and is sociable too!
  • Don't leave the fridge door open
  • Allow your food to cool down before putting it in the fridge/freezer so that it cools naturally first
  • Defrost your freezer when you get a build-up of ice to make it run more efficiently

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