Students living away from home these helpful tips are for you.
Using energy in our daily lives comes second nature to us. We rarely stop to think about how or why we use it. As the days get gradually colder our energy bills seem to increase dramatically. Cutting down on your energy usage will not only help you save a few pennies, but will also benefit the environment.
 
With rent prices soaring and grants staying the same, students living away from home here are some helpful tips on cutting back on your energy bill:
 
1. Keep showers to 10 minutes
If that’s too hard to stick to, why not invest in a shower monitor to keep an eye on how much hot water you’re using.
 
2. Unplug your appliances
By fully switching off the TV, straighteners or broadband over extended periods of time you’ll be able to save a small fortune.
 
3. Say no to “guesstimations” 
You’d never let the cashier at Lidl guess how much your shopping is going to cost, so don’t let the energy companies guess. It will take less than five minutes of your time to check the readings of your gas and electricity meters, and send them a monthly reading so you can be sure that you’re only paying for what you actually use.
 
4. Use the kettle instead of the stove
When cooking pasta or rice, use the kettle instead of the stove. it’s faster and uses less energy.
 
5. Use the library 
Use the library to charge your laptop, phone and any other devices you are using.
 
6. Use a dishwasher 
Instead of hand washing, use the dishwasher. It can be more energy efficient, especially if you only run it when it’s fully loaded.
 
7. Keep radiators clear
Avoid putting anything in front of your radiators as they will absorb a lot of the heat and prevent warming up the rest of the house.
 
8. Only boil the kettle with the water you need
Tea and coffee are student staples. Only heat the water you’ll actually need, to save you time and energy.
 
9. Use energy-saving lightbulbs
Energy saving lightbulbs last up to 10 times longer than ordinary bulbs.
 
10. Ditch the tumble dryer
It’s one of the most energy-consuming appliances when it comes to washing and cleaning.
 
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