7 Super Easy Tips for Saving Electricity As you flick through your fresher’s week calendar and juggle the joys of lectures, love interests and fancy dress outfits, the last thing on your mind is saving electricity in your student house. But shared living can become expensive if you’re not careful. Once you fly the nest of your halls of residence and move into shared accommodation with real-life bills and real-life responsibilities, the true face of the cost of living could leave you somewhat skint. Saving electricity in your student house can help you reduce your utility bills dramatically. And who wouldn’t want some extra pennies for all those social events? Here are 7 super easy tips to help you become more cost efficient and eco friendly: 1. Turn it Off Turning off lights, unused appliances and computer devices when you leave the room/house is purely force of habit. So force yourself to get into a routine of turning things off. Every little counts when it comes to saving electricity so encourage everyone else in the house to join in too. 2. Make a Round of Brews Don’t be a selfish tea-drinker. The kettle uses a lot of energy so if you’re brewing for one, this can become very expensive over time. Get your housemates into the habit of making rounds. Just like a round of beers at the pub, everyone needs to step up to the mark. 3. Use Your Communal Area Televisions, laptops and consoles are obvious anti-eco culprits in any student house. Everyone needs their own space from time to time but using your communal area and watching the same TV will help you save some pennies. 4. Take it in Turns to Cook Imagine a house full of people, cooking, baking, grilling, boiling, steaming or microwaving. It soon adds up. Take it in turns to cook for the house if you want to be more efficient in the kitchen. 5. Always Fill the Dishwasher Phantom loads; we’re all guilty of it. If you’re lucky enough to have a dishwasher in your shared house, treat it with respect. Half-filled dishwasher loads are extremely wasteful. Always make sure you fill the dishwasher before you turn it on but never over-fill otherwise you will end up with items that need to be rewashed. 6. Use LED Lights 25% of the average electricity bill is spent on lighting in the home. There’s no way you can spend your student years sitting in the dark (unless it’s horror movie night?) so how else can you cut back? LED lights can help you make huge cost savings and they are very easy to use. You can also install your own LED strips, as explained in this blog by Expert Electrical. 7. Layer Up When winter kicks in, it’s time to toughen up. Don’t turn the heating on every time it gets a bit nippy. Try layering up in the home and keep active to stay warm.