The University of Nottingham

It can be hard to know where to begin when faced with a climate crisis, but small actions to save energy can be a good starting point, especially as electricity and heat are one of the largest contributors to the climate crisis. Here are some of our suggestions:

Switch Off Lights and Appliances

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.

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.

Put a Layer 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.

Put a Lid on it

If you use a stove, 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.

More ideas…

There’s much more you can do than just the four actions above so if you want to further reduce your energy consumption, 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 (heating water uses lots of energy and it saves water too)
  • Wash your clothes at 30 degrees, and make sure it’s a full load
  • Cook together – saves energy, money and is sociable
  • Don’t use the cooker to heat your kitchen
  • Close the fridge door when possible
  • Allow your food to cool down before putting it in the fridge/freezer
  • Defrost your freezer when you get a build-up of ice – it makes it run more efficiently

Getting into these energy saving habits whilst living in halls of residence not only helps reduce your negative environmental and social impact, but will help you save money when you end up paying your own energy bills.

If you spot an issue with your lighting, heating or energy in your halls please report it to your Hall Manager.