This winter has been harsh and students have been cranking up the heating all over the UK. However, this will have an negative impact on your student bank balance as gas and electricity bills will be coming by the door pretty soon. Not all is lost though, follow the handy tips below to lower your student gas, electricity and water bills.
Switch Energy Providers
Your student house may not be on the cheapest energy tariff. You can check on sites such as Uswitch or Energy Helpline; just plug in your details and they find the cheapest electricity and gas tariffs. You can find links to the site on Student Saving Central pages and a link to SSC at the bottom of this article.
To get the cheapest tariff, make sure you choose duel fuel options in addition as agreeing to pay by direct debit. This is likely to save students 10% each. Also, if you select to have your bills sent online there could be additional savings.
It is easy to switch there and then on Uswitch or Energy Helpline. They take care of all the work for you and you will receive a confirmation letter by the post.
Give Regular Meter Readings
Don’t rely on your energy provider’s estimates. If they are too low then you will be hit by a big bill at the end of the student year. If the estimates are too high then you will be out of pocket during the year and have to go by the pain of getting a rebate.
You can give regular meter readings over the phone or online if you have an online energy account and ask the energy provider to send an amended bill if necessary.
Reduce Your Energy Usage
There are a lot of ways you can reduce the energy usage in your student house. These include:
- decline your thermostat to a temperature that is comfortable
- If everyone in your student house is out all day, put your thermostat on time settings
- use a jumper! If everyone is walking about your house in shorts and t-shirts in the middle of winter then you know your heating is on too high.
- Talk to your landlord about insulating your boiler and loft space. There are now subsidised insulation fittings which may make them pull their finger out.
- Use energy saving light bulbs. These are now cheap to buy so there is no excuses
- Turn the washing machine to 30 degrees C. There are plenty of washing powders that comfortably clean at this temperature
Can Students decline Their Water Bills?
Unlike energy providers, there will only be one water provider for your area so you won’t be able to change to a cheaper tariff. Unless there is a water meter already installed in your student house, then you will be paying a standard rate.
Students can nevertheless help the ecosystem by saving water. Phone your water company and ask them to send a free save a flush product. This fits in your toilet and decreases the water for each flush. Also, you can get free Showersmart products which saves water on each shower.
To get links to this and all other websites mentioned in this article, in addition as other great money saving tips for students, please visit the Student Saving Central website.