Top Energy Saving Tips
The results from the first half of the Interhall Energy Competition are in, with Andrew Melville, McIntosh, and Uni Hall leading the way in energy reductions, winning extra money for their hall committees and boosting their position in the Hall Champions League.
If your hall is struggling to keep up (or you’re trying to keep your bills down in private accommodation), read on for some tips that might help you turn the tables in semester 2!
- Try not to have your window open and the heating on at the same time. Ventilate the room when you are not using it instead.
- Keep your radiators clear of furniture – it will absorb the heat.
- Close your curtains at dusk to shut out the night and keep in the heat.
- Turn your thermostat down by one degree – you probably won’t even notice the difference!
- Close doors to keep the heat in.
- Cosy up at bedtime and turn your heating down at night whilst snug in your duvet.
- Switch off lights in empty rooms.
- Switch your appliances (such as laptops and TVs) off and unplug them rather than leaving them on standby.
- Towel dry your hair so you don’t have to use your hairdryer as much.
- Try not to leave phones or other items charging overnight – a few hours are usually all that’s needed.
- Watch your favourite TV shows with friends – it’s more social, and means you’re only using energy to power one TV!
- Only fill the kettle with as much water as you need each time you boil it.
- Cook with lids on pans and match ring size to saucepan size – this will also cook your food faster!
- Try to avoid cooking in the oven and instead use other ways of cooking such as boiling, stir frying, or grilling, in order to save energy.
- You can use a microwave instead of the oven for fresh food too. They’re quick, easy and economical to use and they’re handy if people in your hall eat at different times. For example, jacket potatoes take just five minutes in the microwave instead of an hour in the oven!
- If you do need to use the oven, get your friends round to cook at the same time, or cook big batches of food together and freeze what you don’t need that day. It’s more energy efficient to use all the oven space available.
- Try not to open the oven door while you are cooking. Keep the glass clean and you can peek in when you need to!
- When cooking vegetables, use just enough water to cover the food.
- Load and unload the fridge as quickly as possible – try not to leave the fridge door open for longer than you need to!
- Never put hot food in a fridge or freezer. Let it cool first.
- If you need to pre-rinse dishes, do it in cold water instead of hot.
- If you’re washing dishes in the sink, use a bowl or sink full of water rather than leaving the hot tap running.
- If you have a dishwasher, wait until you have a full load before putting it on, and use your dishwashers’ economy programme whenever possible.
- Wait until you have a full load before using your washing machine – why not combine your washing load with someone else?
- Use a lower washing temperature (between 30 -40oC), as 90% of the energy used in washing machines comes from heating the water.
- Use a clothes horse to dry your clothes instead of using a tumble dryer.
- Taking shorter showers means there is less energy used to heat the water.
Remember to ask your Hall Environment Rep if there are any upcoming events or campaigns you can assist with – energy saving is a team effort!