The University of Nottingham

Living in halls you’re probably rushed off your feet attending lectures, making new friends and finding your way around campus! To make your life easy we’ve boiled down the complex world of energy saving into four simple tips.

Switch Off Lights and Appliances


As you have made it to university hopefully this tip will not come as a shock! While most people are already pretty good at switching lights and gadgets off it’s always worth a reminder.!

Put a Lid on it


Putting a lid on your saucepan reduces the amount of energy required to cook your food by up to 90% AND cooks your food quicker. Double-win!

Don’t overfill the kettle


There are some times in life when you just need a cup of tea. Don’t waste your time by overfilling the kettle with more water than you need. As the guys below know, 200ml is plenty of water for a single cuppa and it’ll boil in no time. You can use the time you’ve saved to start that reading you’ve been putting off. Or more realistically to browse Facebook aimlessly!

Put a Layer On, Not the Heating


When things get chilly, instead of turning up your radiator just put on an extra layer of clothing – a typical jumper adds a whopping 3 degrees of warmth to your body and often makes you look even more stylish (caution: this does not apply to Christmas jumpers!).

And the rest!

Of course there’s much more you can do than just the four actions above so if you’re feeling adventurous, why not give these a go:
– Open your curtains during the day to let in sunlight/heat and close them (behind the radiator) when the sun goes down
– Take short showers (saves water too!)
– Wash your clothes at 30 degrees
– Cook together – saves energy, money and is nice and sociable too
– Don’t use the cooker to heat your kitchen – it also reduces the chance of 3am fire alarms!
– Close the fridge door when possible
– Allow your food to cool down before putting it in the fridge/freezer so it cools naturally first
– Defrost your freezer when you get a build-up of ice – it makes it run more efficiently