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
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Don’t put hot food straight into the fridge – let it cool down first.
- 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.
- Put on a jumper before turning up the heating.
- Turn your heating down by 1°C. This could save you up to £60
- 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!
- 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.