For the students of today, the famous “it’s not like it was in my day” line will always ring in the ears after being proclaimed by their previously hard-done-by parents. They heard it before you and you’ll say it to your kids when you, one day, get the chance.
So, while your parents are in Gower, glamping, and enjoying every minute while you’re in your student digs and embarking on the next chapter in your life. The modern student accommodation is definitely not the same as when there were worries about energy bills or how many showers you can take, as it’s usually all included in the rent. So it is possible that a shock is awaiting students when they move on to house sharing, and realise that you have pay for electricity, gas and even water- and your parents are blissfully unaware as they enjoy the freedom- yikes!
However, there are still many a student who do live in those damp, poorly insulated houses – and are chiefly aware of the cost of energy and for all the students, and worried parents out there, we have pieced together our top 10 tips for saving on energy for you. Note, we can all learn something from here, you don’t have to be a student. Let’s all stay warm, save energy and have an all-round win!
- Make sure the boiler is all in order. Ensure that your landlord has gotten it serviced and that it’s running correctly and efficiently prior to you moving in – this one’s essential and it’s also a legal requirement too!
- Take the time to check out the energy performance of any property you want to move in to. Check the bills you’re likely to be paying before you sign anything too. The less you need to pay on bills is more you put behind the bar on nights out!
- If you’re fortunate enough to have a tumble dryer in your property then check the filter is clear, and water container (if it’s a condenser model) is emptied- this will make the difference and lower the risk of it breaking down. Don’t overload the tumble dryer and keep use to a minimum as these are expensive devices.
- Electric heaters are not the answer to saving on gas bills. Quite the opposite in fact. You’ll see the kilowatts and your money racking up, not to mention the CO2 emissions, if you use an electric heater.
- Make you meals as if you were at home with your family, or cook in bulk, planning for the week ahead. This will also save on the washing up as well which is always a lovely thought!
- Stop those unwanted draughts by ensuring you pull the curtains. We’re not suggesting you keep them drawn 24/7, but don’t forget to do it when you should. You can also try asking your landlord for thermal linings, the worst that can happen is they say no.
- Turn your stuff off! You’ll make all the difference to the bills with these little changes. Unplug chargers, turn off lights, straighteners, TV’s – and not just on standby either.
- When you wash your clothes, wash them on a low temperature setting and go steady on the detergent. If possible you should share your loads so you’re not doing any half washes that are a waste of a full wash.
- If you can, try and get the energy saving light bulbs to replace the current ones if they aren’t already energy savers. They aren’t cheap but they’re great in the long run- earlier this year Folly Farm in Pembrokeshire saved £20,000 in energy bills by changing their light bulbs!
- Finally, and a boring one, but do as your parents say and put on an extra jumper before turning up the thermostat.