Big Energy Saving Week runs from the 18th to 24th of January. It is a very important national campaign which helps people reduce their carbon footprint, as a result of using less resources.
Take a look at our 5 tips below and see how you can save energy in 2021!
1. Close the hatches
It’s the coldest time of the year! Ensure you keep doors closed in and around your accommodation and you won’t need to bump the heating up as high, or as often.
2. Disconnect those devices
We get it – after hours of coursework, the first thing you probably want to do it set aside your tech and grab a bite to eat! However, leaving your laptop plugged in for long periods of time will not only damage your battery due to overheating, but it also means you are using un-necessarily high amounts of electricity for no reason!
3. Cut the lights
As soon as you leave your room, en-suite, communal area or kitchen, turn off the lights and reduce your carbon footprint at the flick of a switch!
4. Set a timer when cooking
If you’re going to cook up a storm in the kitchen, it’s important to set a timer and regularly check on your food! When using an oven or microwave, this helps avoid the over-usage of energy, and of course, burning your meal!
5. Take devices off standby
There are many ways you may be wasting energy in your room without realising it; leaving devices on standby is something that millions of people are culprits of doing on a daily basis. Just imagine the impact we could all make if we took two seconds to do something as simple as un-plug our TV’s!
Tis’ the season to give back! 5 ways you can help someone less fortunate this Christmas
1. Looking for a quirky present for your bestie? Action Aid has you sorted!
From Pigs, to goats to beehives, put a smile on that special someones face with Action Aid’s awesome collection of charity Christmas gifts. There is truly something for everyone! Check it out here.
2. Support One Kind Act’s 2020 Christmas Appeal!
One Kind Act Changes Communities, and the lives of others globally who may have fallen through the net of the larger charities. See how your donation will help someone in need this Christmas:
- £10 to buy a child a Christmas present
- £10 to buy & deliver a bag of festive foods to vulnerable families
- £20 to buy and deliver all the winter necessities to the homeless.
3. Enter into the £4,000 in the ‘Sense’ Christmas raffle!
Raffle tickets cost just £1, and each one you buy could help to ensure that no child who is deafblind or has complex disabilities misses out on experiencing the joy of Christmas.
Yours could be the gift of communication, helping a ‘Sense’ Children and Family Support Worker teach a child who is deafblind their first signs so they can tell their family they love them and even join us in a special sign and sing Christmas carol session.
Your raffle ticket money could also help ‘Sense’ to bring Christmas joy for children who are deafblind through our sensory festive activities. Each child will enjoy the scents, textures, and twinkling lights we all associate with this special time of year.
4. Volunteer with ‘Crisis’ this Christmas
From Newcastle to London, from Edinburgh to Birmingham – there are many locations nationwide that you can help provide vital services to during one of the hardest times of the year.
At Christmas, and throughout the year, ‘Crisis’ helps people directly out of homelessness, and campaigns for the social changes needed to solve it altogether. Their event will look different this year, but they will still be offering connection, care, food, essentials and gifts to their guests through the delivery and remote services offered.
Fancy being a volunteer? Found out how!
5. Support the Salvation Army Christmas Present Appeal
Many Salvation Army churches and centres across the UK will be running a Christmas Present Appeal, collecting donated presents until mid-December.
You can support your local Christmas Present Appeal by finding your nearest appeal and donating new, unwrapped toys and gifts for children who might not otherwise receive a Christmas present.
The gifts will then be wrapped and distributed to those in need.