Our Energy Saving Tips for a Happier Planet

Small changes can really make a big difference when it comes to our energy consumption. Here are a few tips to keep our planet happy:

  • Unplug your chargers when not in use.
  • Filling up your fridge/freezer can help to save energy, as the empty space takes more energy to keep it cool.
  • If it’s a sunny day, let the natural sunlight into your room, rather than using overhead lights.
  • Remember to turn off your lights whenever you are leaving your room.
  • Change the settings on your electrical devices to go to sleep mode after five minutes – and turn them off completely when you go to bed.

Our Shopping Tips for a Happier Planet

Most of us are guilty of rushing out to the shops without much thought – be it for study snacks or a nice coffee. These small steps really do help when it comes to shopping sustainably:

  • When buying coffee, take a reusable cup to avoid unnecessary waste – most places give you discount for this, too!
  • Leave some reusable bags at the door for when you’re running to the shops – it will save you buying plastic, and is kinder to the planet.
  • Shopping locally can help to reduce transport emissions – use your CityBlock Card for exclusive local discounts!
  • Look for products with minimal packaging and always look for the recycle logo – this avoids extra waste going to landfill.

Our Kitchen Tips for a Happier Planet

Whether you’re showing off your culinary skills or just grabbing a bite to eat, we have some tips to help you to be kinder in the kitchen:

  • Reduce your energy usage by cooking a big meal to share with your flatmates, rather than each of you cooking separately. Bonus points for using a slow cooker, too!
  • If you’re just making one brew, don’t fill the kettle to the top. This wastes a lot of unnecessary energy.
  • Placing a lid on top of your saucepan helps water to boil faster. This uses less energy, which is kinder to our planet.
  • If using the hob, use the ring that best fits the size of your pan, to avoid using unnecessary energy.
  • The meat industry is extremely damaging to our environment – try limiting eating meat to 2-3 times per week.