Hints & Tips at University

We all want to do our bit.  Safety, sustainability and energy efficiency are important to us all.  Sometimes it’s the little things that can make a big difference, particularly when we act collectively.  Here are some top tips to help students at university or college.

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When was the last time you switched energy supplier. Regularly changing to the right tariff can save you money by reducing your energy costs. If you rent a property and pay the energy bills yourself the law says you should be able to choose your own energy supplier.

If your charger has an LED to show it’s in use, it is still using energy until you switch it off at the wall or unplug it.

When did you last test your carbon monoxide alarm? Make sure it works when you need it by testing it weekly. #TestItTuesday

Using lids on your pans when cooking will save energy and help heat the contents quicker.

Use a microwave. Generally a microwave oven is the most efficient way to heat up and cook food.

Every degree you turn your home thermostat down could save you around £80 to £85 a year on your heating bill.

Washing a small load of clothes? Check you washing machine’s settings to see if you can use the “half load” programme to save water and energy.

Thermostatic radiator valves (TRVs) only limit the maximum temperature areas reach. It is a common misconception that they change how quickly an area heats up. Don’t turn them up thinking the room will heat up quicker.

Properly used, dishwashers use less water and energy than washing dishes by hand. However, make sure you only wash full loads and don’t pre-rinse everything in the sink first unless it really needs it.

Make sure your radiators are clear so they can heat the space efficiently. Curtains or furniture can easily block them.

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