Student Switch Off+


Living in rented houses / flats

The average student spends over £500 a year on energy in the private-rented sector and even those on an all-inclusive system sometimes have to pay additional charges which are avoidable. We’ve put together a list of actions you can take now to make sure you’re not paying too much for your energy:

  • Switch supplier or tariff – if you pay the energy bill directly yourself, you have the right to switch supplier or tariff. Switching can save a typical household £200 a year so check out the price comparison websites to find the best deal for you.
  • Get a smart meter – if you pay the energy bill directly yourself you can request a smart meter from your energy provider at no additional cost. These provide real-time information on how much you are using and spending to make it easy to identify energy wastage. Check out our advice video here and a printable leaflet here.
  • Take meter readings – it’s really important to keep track of your energy usage in order avoid nasty shocks, so we encourage you to locate your electricity and gas meters and to take meter readings (take a photo of the readings on the meters). This will be really useful if you think your energy provider may have charged you too much later in the year.
  • Buy energy efficient appliances – the majority of electrical appliances such as light bulbs will have an energy efficiency label which ranges from A+++ to D – obviously the D-rating is the worst! The better the rating, the less the appliances will cost to use.
  • Don’t leave heating/lights/appliances left on unnecessarily – simple actions you take will save you money on your bills, and reduce your impact on climate change too!

We have also put together a more detailed advice document here, a training presentation on energy/money-saving in the private-rented sector here.

Check out the video that we put together that summarises all these tips: