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Student Switch-Off, UK

Keeping a lid on fuel costs

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An eco-power-ranger delivers an energy-saving light bulb

Student Switch Off is harnessing student silliness to take simple steps to save energy, including wrapping up warm, switching off lights and using lids on saucepans, so helping participating UK universities to keep a lid on their fuel costs. Starting off with a major awareness-raising splash at Fresher’s Fayres, students are mobilised throughout the year through inventive use of social media, peer-to-peer engagement and appealing student-focused incentives. Last year this exciting initiative helped halls of residence at participating universities cut their electricity consumption by over 7%. Some 43 universities and 18,000 students are involved in 2012, with plans to expand across the UK.