How can you cut student energy bills?
Posted by Jason Ramsdale on 13 January 2016 at 10:15 am
I can honestly say I have done and still do all of these as a PhD student!
- Heat fewer rooms. (The living room is top priority.)
- Wear a hat, gloves and slippers. Keeping your hands, feet and head warm goes a long way to making you feel comfortable.
- Put an extra blanket on your bed.
- Try to cook in batches to save using the oven multiple times.
- If you have spare hot water in your kettle, put it in a hot water bottle and enjoy the warmth.
- Keep your fridge full, a full fridge has to do less work to keep your food cold. Adding bottles of pop or water to take up space means less energy is lost each time you open the fridge.
- Wash your clothes at 30 degrees unless they are particularly soiled.
- Drying clothes – this one is really tricky. Advice often says to hang and air-dry your clothes. But, if you’re not putting on your heating and it’s too cold to leave the window open or hang them outside, this can lead to your house being damp and miserable. Sometimes it’s best to bite the bullet and tumble-dry your clothes. As students we used a condensing tumble dryer in our living room and enjoyed the heat it gave off when we used it!
- Choose clothes that don’t need ironing, and don’t iron inside clothes!
- Keeping curtains closed when it is dark or cold outside can really help to keep the heat in.
- Use energy saving light bulbs, turn off unused appliances, every little helps!
- Compare gas and electricity prices, if you can’t use the internet yourself ask friends/family to see if you could save money using comparison sites like USwitch or GoCompare.
- Share your property, lodgers/roommates sharing your bills really brings down the cost!
Image: Jason Rogers
See also: What are Tariff Information Labels, Tariff Comparison Rates and Personal Projections and how do they help get the best deal on energy bills?, Are you paying too much for your energy? and Have you checked out the QR code on your energy bill yet?
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