Students Guide to Saving Money on Energy

November 25th, 2019

You’ve left home and there is sense of freedom, as University life beckons. Freedom, as you left the constraints of your parents’ home and will now be responsible for daily household activities such as chores and bills.

We at know it’s a struggle financially with tuition fees at £9000 per year plus accommodation, so we’ve created some tips that will help you cut down on your outgoings.

If you’re going to share with friends, choose an accommodation which you (and your friends) are required to pay the bills. Here are a few things you should do or ask:-

Find out the EPC rating for the property. The ratings run from A (top score) to G (worst score). The recommendation is to avoid properties with the lower grades.

If the property has a prepayment energy meters ask if the meter could be changed to a normal credit meter, as prepayment meters on average are more expensive.

If the property has an Economy 7 meter ask what hours would the off-peak kick-in. Off-peak rates on Economy 7 meter will cost less than peak rates, and as the name suggests only 7 hours of off-peak rates are given in any 24 hours. Once you are aware of the off-peak hours, plan what energy intensive activity could be done in those hours, for example the laundry.

Upon signing the papers to move in to the property, a good practice would be to locate your meters, note the meter readings and serial numbers. You should then call your local distributor to ascertain the electricity supplier of the premises.

AreaCompanyContact No.WebsiteTwitter account
North ScotlandSSE Power Distribution0800 300
Central and Southern ScotlandSP Energy Networks0800 092 9290 (or 0330 1010 222 from a mobile phone)
North East EnglandNorthern Powergrid0800 668
North West EnglandElectricity North West0800 195
YorkshireNorthern Powergrid0800 375
Merseyside, Cheshire, North Wales and North ShropshireSP Energy Networks0800 001 5400 (or 0330 1010 400 from a mobile phone)
East Midlands, West Midlands, South Wales & South West EnglandWestern Power Distribution0800 6783
Eastern EnglandUK Power Networks0800 783 8838 (or 0333 202 2021 from a mobile phone)
Southern EnglandSSE Power Distribution0800 072
LondonUK Power Networks0800 028 0247 (or 0333 202 2022 from a mobile phone)
South East EnglandUK Power Networks0800 783 8866 (or 0333 202 2023 from a mobile phone)

To gain current gas supplier details simply call the National grid on 0870 608 1524.

The next step would be to register with incumbent supplier(s) and this can be done online with most suppliers.  You’ll not be required to stay with the existing supplier(s) and will be placed on a Standard tariff or its equivalent.  If that sounds like too much hassle, you can even call our team of advisers who will help you with the registration process on 0203 475 7476

Now, it’s time to get cheaper tariff, and save money. Click on and carry out a comparison or call our helpful advisers for the best quotes. Savings will be between 20-35% depending on usage.  This simple step will save you at least a few hundred pounds a year.

To keep your energy consumption further under control consider the following steps;

1) Replace all incandescent light bulbs with energy efficient ones.

2) When meals are required to be prepared and cooked, make it a communal affair this will reduce the number of times the cooker is required.

3) Salads, grills, fried food are items that are quick to prepare and consume less energy than stews, bakes and roasts

4) Showers will take less water than a bath and consume less energy

5) Use draft excluders where drafts exists

6) Shut doors to rooms to retain the heat

7) If you have an Economy 7 meter, put the washing machine on a timer so the washing is done during the off-peak hours. If you happen to be awake during those hours you can also do activities such as ironing.

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