Sustainability advice when living in halls

It can be hard to know where to begin when faced with a climate emergency, but small actions to save energy can be a good starting point. There are many simple ways to save energy but here are some of our top suggestions.

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Switch off lights

Some communal spaces in your halls may have motion sensor lights but where you have control, remember to switch them off when not needed. Don’t forget bedside lamps, fairy lights and bathroom lights too. Switching off your plugs at the socket is a great way to prevent energy wastage as items use energy in standby or sleep mode.

Put a lid on it

Putting a lid on your saucepan significantly reduces the amount of energy required to cook your food and cooks your food quicker. Also try and use the right size hob/stove ring for the size of your pan.

Don’t overfill the kettle

Don’t waste energy or your time by overfilling the kettle with more water than you need. 200ml is the ideal amount of water for a single hot drink and it’ll boil in no time.

Layers on, not the heating

When things get chilly, instead of turning up your radiator just put on a jumper or an extra layer. A jumper can add 3 degrees Celsius of warmth to your body. If your halls run a little hot, make sure you’ve turned down the radiator in your bedroom or kitchen (if you can) before opening a window.