Saving energy at university might not be your highest priority amongst all the studying and partying, but we believe everyone can do their part to reduce energy consumption and save on our planet’s resources. It is important to make sure that the next generations will have a safe environmnet to live in! Here you have few tips about how to become more sustainable and make a positive impact:
1. Turn lights out when you are not using a room
There’s no logic to keeping lights on in a room if you’re not using it, so turn them off when you leave. To save even more energy, replace as many lightbulbs as you can with energy-saving bulbs, which use 90% less energy than traditional bulbs.
2. Wear an extra layer of clothing around the house
Instead of whacking up the heating, when you’re inside try layering up with a couple of thin layers and a jumperto trap more of your own body heat to keep you warm instead.
3. Don’t leave laptops and phone chargers plugged in when not in use and don’t leave anything electrical on standby
Not many people realise that when chargers are plugged in but not in use, they are still using small amounts of electricity. To combat this, make sure to only plug in your device when it needs charging. In a similar vein, TVs and computers left on standby can also waste electricity, so always turn them off at the off button when you can.
4. Use the microwave instead of the oven where possible
Unlike ovens, microwaves don’t need time to heat up and they cook food quicker, so it is more environmentally friendly to cook food in a microwave.
5. Only fill the kettle with enough water for what you need
If you are just making a cup of tea for yourself, try filling your mug with cold water and then pour it into an empty kettle. This means that you will only boil the exact amount of water for what you need and you can save up 50% energy and half our carbon emission.
6. Turn the water off while brushing your teeth
We’re advised to clean our teeth for 2 minutes twice a day and if we all left the tap on while we were polishing our pearly whites, a lot of water would be wasted, so turn off your taps!
7. Enable the sleep feature on your computer
Did you know that you can save energy just by changing your computer settings? To do this, set your computer to go into sleep mode after a few minutes’ inactivity.
8. Don’t buy bottled water when your tap water is safe to drink
The UK has some of the safest drinking water in the world, so don’t waste your money on buying expensive bottled water, just turn on the tap and drink!
9. Ensure your freezer is full, even if just with ice blocks
An empty freezer utilises more energy, so stock up on frozen food that will keep for a few months, or fill your freezer with ice blocks to make your freezer more energy efficient.
10. Wash your clothes at lower temperature
Tests prove that reducing your wash temperature by just 10°C can reduce energy consumption. This is because heating the water in a washing machine accounts for 90% of a washing machine’s energy use, so if you wash your clothes at 30°C you’ll notice a saving in your bills.