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How can saving energy benefit your bank balance?

29th January 2013

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Being a student can sometimes give you a slight shock, particularly when you are renting your own home with a group of friends and you see the bills fly in every month.

Of course, energy bills can be incredibly high and sometimes it may mean wrapping up in multiple layers of clothes (yes, we‘ve all done it at some point) to save our pockets as well as our social lives. Energy bills aren’t getting any cheaper so it is always to be frugal and re-use where you can. By following the below hints and tips you can save yourself a small fortune.

Make Use of Fresher’s Fairs

There are a whole host of freebies that you can gain from your university Fresher’s Fair during the first couple of weeks of the academic year. Always keep money and energy saving in mind and keep an eye out for any great deals or products which may help you save.

Follow the Student Switch Off

Established by the NUS, the Student Switch Off is a non for profit campaign which actively encourages students to take action on climate change. They run a whole host of competitions in which you can win prizes whilst saving energy costs. If your landlord or halls of residence aren’t pressing ways of saving energy then get on their case!

Use a Countdown Timer

Heated water is one of the priciest energy needs within a household. It is often a wise idea to invest in a shower timer which allows you to set an alarm after you have spent a set amount of time using water. An easier option could be to place a clock inside your bathroom.

Add a Layer

Sometimes using heating systems is unavoidable, particularly during cold outdoor temperatures. However, remember to use your common sense. Add a layer of clothing where possible as this can add up to three degrees to your body temperature.

Avoid Stand-by Mode

Many electrical appliances continue to suck up power even if they are on stand-by mode and plugged at the source. Televisions are notorious for sucking up power whilst laptop computers should be shut down after use as this could affect the inner components of the device. This is often called “vampire power.”

Leaky Taps?

If you notice any leaks or drips from within your house don’t be afraid to get in touch with your landlord immediately. Leaks are always underestimated and can create vast amounts of wasted water. Leaky fittings can waste up to 6000 litres of water per year.

Washing Up

Plates and cutlery often find themselves stacked up by the side of the kitchen sink. Plan a washing-up rota as this will help decrease the amount of water used. If you are lucky enough to have a dishwasher then it is important to ensure that the load is full.

Use Freecycle

Freecycle is a service that allows you to purchase unwanted furniture which would only go to landfill. This is a great way to help save the environment as well as being affordable so it won’t break the bank.

Being energy efficient whilst at university is a matter that you have to be consistent with to reap the rewards. It will all add up at the end of the month when you count them tokens for booze!

This article was written on behalf of Inlec Test Equipment Hire who provide energy test equipment to hire.

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