Saving Energy

Energy

Saving energy is crucial to reduce your carbon footprint and it saves you money too. Burning of fossil fuels to generate energy is the main driver behind global climate change, which affects all of us today and will affect future generations. We are all together in this, so just as the University is tackling its carbon footprint try to tackle yours by following our advice below.

On-campus - Student Switch Off

In collaboration with NUS, the University runs Student Switch Off, an inter-college competition to save energy, encourage effective recycling and to encourage sustainable habits. All you need to do is to join facebook.com/YorkStudentSwitchOff to take part in the competitions with some tasty prizes (SSO is sponsored by Ben & Jerry’s)! There are lots of ways you can reduce your energy use, which will get you into good habits for when you move out of college and start paying your own utility bills!

Top ten energy saving tips

  1. Switch off lights and unplug appliances when not in use – that includes phone chargers, as they continue to use energy even when they’re not being used!
  2. Keep windows shut when the heating is on – this reduces the amount of heat that escapes a room, meaning less energy is needed to heat it.
  3. Only boil as much water as you need. If you're having a cuppa with some late night studying, just fill your mug with water and empty it into the kettle.
  4. Put a lid on the saucepan when cooking – this reduces the amount of time it takes to cook, as well as saving energy and water.
  5. Don’t put hot food straight into the fridge – let it cool down first.
  6. Make sure you have a full load of laundry before you wash it to save both money and energy to save both money and energy.
  7. Put on a jumper before turning up the heating.
  8. Turn your heating down by 1°C. This could save you up to £60
    per year.
  9. If you can, dry clothes on a line outside rather than in a tumble
    drier – this saves 100% of the energy you would normally use to
    dry clothes in a machine and it’s completely free!
  10. Swap ordinary bulbs for energy saving bulbs – they last over
    10 years (compared to one year for a traditional bulb) and can
    save around £50 over their lifetime.

Saving Water

Water

Water is a scarce and expensive resource – we drink over 2 billion
litres of bottled water per year in the UK, while 1.3 billion people
don't have access to clean water.

TOP FIVE WATER-SAVING TIPS

  1. Turn the tap off when you brush your teeth – a running tap uses 48 cups of water over two minutes!
  2. Make sure your dishwasher or washing machine is full before starting it. Use the ‘eco’ setting if there is one.
  3. Take shorter showers if you can – you could even stick a shower timer to your bathroom wall to keep track of time.
  4. Eat less meat: a small hamburger takes up 1,700 litres of water to produce (that’s the equivalent of 26 showers).
  5. Noticed a drip? If you are on campus, report it to the nearest porters or online, or report it to your landlord if you are in private accommodation. A dripping tap wastes 5,500 litres of water a year – enough to fill a bath 35 times!

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