Being a student can be costly with paying for rent, bills, travel, books, meals and obviously those great student nights out. The energy saving tips below could help you reduce the cost of your bills, giving you some extra cash, as well as helping you do your bit for the environment.
- Unplug your appliances
Even when turned off, appliances can be using up energy. So make sure to unplug your toasters, laptops and phone chargers, etc.
- Turn the lights off
Switch lights off when you are not in the room and open all your curtains to let in as much daylight as possible. You can even buy energy saving light bulbs now.
- Use your washing machine wisely
Each cycle uses up energy, so why not try to reduce your weekly loads and get into a routine. Washing in shorter cycles and lower temperatures can also help save energy.
- Dry your clothes naturally
Hanging your clothes up to dry can save more energy than using a tumble dryer.
- Turn down your thermostat
According to MoneySuperMarket, turning your thermostat down by just one degree could reduce your energy bill by £75 each year. That’s some extra cash to treat yourself!
- Wrap up
Obviously, we don’t want you to freeze, but if you are feeling cold, try layering up rather than turning the heating up.
- Be water-conscious
When boiling food in a pot, try and only use the amount of water you need. This also counts for filling up the kettle when making tea or coffee. Boiling water you don’t need can waste a lot of energy.
- Use a dishwasher
If you have a dishwasher, then completely filling it up to wash your dishes is more energy efficient than washing dishes by hand – result!
- Work together
If you are flat sharing, then make sure you and your flatmates are all saving energy together. You don’t want to be paying for expensive bills when you’re the only one trying to keep costs to a minimum.
- Look out for deals
There are loads of comparison websites, which allow you to compare energy providers to make sure you are getting the best deal.
So why not try out some of our energy saving tips and see how much you can save.