Keep your student house utility-savvy over Christmas!
Heading home for Christmas? There are loads of things you can do to make sure your student home is utility savvy whilst you're away...
Lights off if your off out
Whether you're heading home over Christmas or popping to work - if you're the last one out of the house, it's your responsibility to make sure all the lights are off. Be savvy with your electricity over the Christmas period!
Time to set the timer
Yes, it's nice to come back to a nice warm house but that doesn't mean you have to leave the heating on whilst you're out! Setting your thermostat on a timer is a great way to ensure your house is using heating responsibly and it's only on when it needs to be
Standby isn't off
Before leaving your property over the break, remember to unplug all electricals apart from the fridge and freezer! That includes the TV, which can often be left, accidentally, on standby. You might not realise it, but when your TVs, laptops and game consoles are left on standby mode they use 10% more electricity than if they were turned off.
Turn off water if you're going away
During the winter months, water pipes are more at risk of freezing or even bursting. If your home is going to be unoccupied for more than a few days during the Christmas period, then you might want to turn your water off at the stopcock to reduce the risk of pipes bursting.
Set your boiler to low - not off!
Turning your boiler off completely can lead to pipes freezing. To prevent this, simply set your boiler to a lower setting - between 6ºC - 9ºC will do just fine!
Keep your house secure
Make sure you set the house security alarm, if you have one, and make sure all doors and windows are shut and locked before you leave. If you do have insurance on any contents, this could be rendered void if you don’t secure the house! Yes, we know this one isn't about being energy savvy - we just want to make sure you keep safe and secure over the festive period.
Don’t be a stinker!
Please remember to empty all household bins! If you manage to get all your bins out in line with bin collection today that would be great, but at the very least, make sure there are no full bins left inside the house. Seriously, no one wants to come back to a stinky house in January.