EcoFrenzy has many answers to help you out with saving money during the year in your shared house.
Look at all the money saving ideas around your home, you could save up to £660.
Think more carefully how you use water and save £135.
Consider what you do with insulation and condensation – either you or your landlord could implement various changes and save £580.
Don’t assume uni accommodation is always your cheapest option: if you’re prepared to rough it a bit you could save a fortune – like the student who lived on a yacht for a quid a day or others who camped out to cut costs.
Don’t just accept the same suppliers of electricity and gas from the tenants of your lodgings.
Check your energy supplier(s), you could save £££’s a year by switching to a more competitive company or simply lowering the tariff with your existing supplier.
There are plenty of comparison web-sites which are set up to help you check your bills and look for lower costs.
Search ‘lower energy costs’ and there they are!
The average saving for customers on a dual fuel deal who do switch, is £220 per year.
It’s really simple and they do all the work for you, but check with your landlord what energy deal the accommodation is on first.
If you are looking for a second year in the same property, speak to the landlord, they may agree to a rent drop because it is less hassle for them to change. Only try this if you have not wrecked the place!
If not offered ask for a less than 12 month contract, after all you may not be there for several months, so why pay for an empty house.
Some landlords offer a price including electricity gas water and even council tax. Ask for a breakdown, it may be better to sort your own utility bills, and remember if you are all students in the house you do not have to pay council tax.
Watch out, if you are living with non-students you will have to pay council tax, but at a reduced rate. Make sure one of you speaks to the council. If you are living in halls or if everyone in a privately rented house is a student you are exempt from council tax. Again make sure the council know, otherwise they will treat you like everyone else and council tax is expensive!
Remember, it’s down to you to notify the council that you are students!