Students in student accommodation don’t you worry about your rising energy bills as there is a great possibility to save money on energy by implementing simple measures. Saving energy doesn’t always need days of planning. There are lots and lots of things you can do right now to start with energy saving and help in reducing energy bills. Following are some tips for saving money on energy bills:
- Use your washing machine with the full loads only by putting optimal quantity of water. Prefer washing the clothes in cold water as only 10 percent of the energy is consumed in washing the clothes and about 90 percent of it is used to heating the water. When hot water is necessary to kill germs then wash in hot water and but use cold water to rinse.
- Students, an important tip for buying electronics for the student accommodation is always buy energy- efficient appliances. Buy only the products with the ENERGY STAR label. This label helps you identify energy-efficient appliances and results in saving money on energy.
- Don’t open the oven door while baking… as whenever you open the oven door you lose at least 20% of the heat. Prefer to use the window to check on your foods and keep the door closed.
- One important tip for all the students in student accommodation, prefer microwaves for cooking as microwaves are much more energy efficient than traditional electric ovens. If it costs ten cents to cook something in a microwave, it would cost roughly four-five times to cook the same thing in a standard oven.
- Never ever leave the door of your refrigerator open and keep it clean. Vacuum clean the condenser coils of the freezer or the fridge, as dusty condenser coils can result in loss of efficiency by about 25%.
- Always use the toaster to toast, not the oven. Because the toaster ovens not only time taking and are less efficient and uses about twice the watts as a toaster.
- Change your lights of student accommodation by Compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) as these are four times more energy efficient than incandescent bulbs and give the same lighting. To get the best results keep your lighting fixtures dust free.
- Choose electric kettle to boil the water as it uses a lot less energy to boil water than a stove top kettle.
- If you are planning to buy a computer, buy a Laptop computer as laptops draw only 15 to 25 watts in normal use, as compared to the 150 watts used by a conventional desktop computer and monitor. In addition, laptops also draw just a fraction of a watt while in sleep mode.
- Turn off the lights when not in use and switch off the power switches when TV, computers or your audio Systems are not in use even this leads to loss in energy.
These tips will help you stay on track with your frugal budget. We will be back next week with some more easy to implement heating tips to save money and power.