At iQ Student Accommodation, we like to do things the green way. Which is why we encourage our students to save energy where they can. If you're a student looking for ways to save energy in your flat, here are some top tips that you may have forgotten about (or just didn't know about in the first place!)
Don't put warm food in the fridge
Make sure you let warm food cool down completely before putting it in the fridge or freezer. Otherwise you will raise the temperature of the fridge and more energy will be needed to cool it down again. On the other hand, if you're defrosting food, move it from the freezer to the fridge and let it defrost overnight; this will help keep the fridge cool, using less energy.
Don't forget to unplug
You probably know to switch off appliances you're not using (leaving them on standby just wastes energy!) - but it's also important to unplug appliances that don't have an on-off switch. Things like phone chargers will continue to use electricity if left plugged in when they aren't being used.
Cook multiple meals at the same time
Heating an oven to cook just one dish is inefficient, so try to bake a few dishes at the same time. You're heating the whole oven anyway, so you may as well fill it up! Choose dishes that will freeze well (lasagna for example) and that taste nice if microwaved to reheat, then pop the extra meals in the freezer for later. Alternatively, if you live in a cluster flat, try cooking with your housemates as a group - that way the oven will only get used once, instead of multiple times in the same day. Plus, it's a great way to be sociable and save money on food costs!
Use energy saving light-bulbs
If you have a desk lamp or reading lamp in your room, make sure it is fitted with an energy saving bulb. Not only will these bulbs save energy, they will also last longer.
Do you know any other useful tips for saving energy? Add them in the comments below...