There are many small, but important steps you can take to help reduce your costs at home. Try some of these tips the SU Advice Centre recommend.
Turn down the heating
Try putting on an extra jumper or socks, and take a hot water bottle to bed if its chilly. Pull the curtains to keep in warmth and exclude drafts. You could even get creative and make your own draft excluder
Dry washing outside
Tumble driers use a lot of electricity, but fresh air is free! Plus, drying clothes inside can release lots of water into the environment, causing problems with damp and mould, often leading to further expense!
Take short showers instead of baths. Turn off taps when brushing teeth. Consider fitting water saving devices in your shower, taps and toilet cistern. More info
It can take a lot of energy to heat your over, so consider cooking in bulk – either with friends, or to freeze for a later date. If making small amounts consider using a microwave wherever possible, as these use a lot less energy than your oven or hob.
Think of your electricity costs
Wash your clothes at 30 degrees. Turn off lights when you leave a room. Turn appliances off at the socket rather than leaving on standby. Don’t leaver chargers plugged in when not in use as they still continue to use electricity.
If possible, consider using a comparison site to see if you could be getting a cheaper deal for gas and electricity.
Sell or swap
If you don’t wear it, use it or like it, consider selling or swapping. Use one of the numerous online selling sites, or come along to the SU clothes swap shop. Swap shop Friday 10th Feb 9am-4pm in the SU!
If you need any advice, please don't hesitate to contact the UPSU Advice service
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Call: 01752 588373 / 0800 953 0155