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Energy savings tips for students

Energy saving - no degree required!

As students start heading back to University, or start University for the first time, Energy UK has plenty of helpful tips to save energy, keep warm in student accommodation, and save money for those essential student expenses.


  • To cut down on heat loss, make sure to keep saucepan lids on when you’re cooking
  • Only fill the kettle up with as much water as you need
  • Cooking food in bulk will help you to save time, energy, and money


  • Wait until you have a full load before you run your washing machine – putting on two half loads uses more energy than just putting on one full one!
  • You may be on an energy tariff that provides cheaper off peak electricity at night (called Economy 7). If so, set your washing to run during the night save energy.
  • Washing at 30 degrees rather than at higher temperatures can help you to save around 40% less energy

Around the house

  • Replacing just one old light bulb with an energy saving one can cut lighting costs by up to £50 over the lifetime of the bulb. Plus they last up to 12 times longer than the ordinary light bulbs.
  • Turning down your thermostat by 1 degree could cut your heating bills by up to 10 per cent and save you around £85 a year. It's also worth checking that it is set correctly to come on just before you get up, and to go off before you go to bed.
  • Don’t leave appliances on standby - UK households spend an average of £35 leaving appliances on standby, so make sure to switch things like laptops, TVs and chargers off at the plug. Research has also shown that leaving electrical items like laptops on charge after the battery is full costs around £3 a year.
  • Close your curtains or blinds at dusk to keep the heat in, and draughts out.

Lawrence Slade, Chief Operating Officer at Energy UK, said:

“As students head back to their student accommodation, the last thing on their minds might be how to save energy. But no-one likes a draughty flat or house and by following these simple tips not only will they save energy but they’ll have a warm home, and a bit of spare cash in their pockets too.

Or if you’re not the one paying the energy bill, why not speak to your landlord about making your home more comfortable by installing larger energy – saving measures such as insulation, upgrading the boiler or putting in double-glazing. By stopping the heat leaking from the property it will be cheaper to run as a result which will surely make both tenants and landlords happy!”


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