The Student Energy Project comes to Leicester halls of residence

Posted by chj6 at Nov 23, 2016 04:39 PM |
An energy-saving scheme in place at universities all over the country has come to University of Leicester halls of residence. The Student Energy Project (TSEP) encourages students to reduce their energy usage by means of a range of incentives, from shopping vouchers to work placements.

The project has been in effect since the beginning of term, at every halls of residence. Taking data from meter readings in every block or building, energy savings are calculated based on last year’s meter readings. These savings amount to a certain number of points, which students can exchange for vouchers on the TSEP website. To get vouchers for student favourites, from Tesco to ASOS to The Dry Dock, students in each block can make a collaborative effort to receive a financial return on their efforts.

Further features on the website include volunteering activities, online courses and job opportunities, available to all students.

TSEP recruits student ‘reps’ from each block to talk to each student and encourage them to sign up to TSEP and reduce their use of electricity, gas and water. Tips include:

  • Turning off lights and making use of natural light
  • Wearing more layers instead of turning up the heating
  • Turning off appliances when not in use
  • Reducing shower time
  • Washing clothes at 30 degrees C

Residential Advisors are also being trained to include TSEP promotion within their duties. In return the reps receive a free hoodie, cash bonuses and a week’s work experience in an energy sector company – an invaluable opportunity for many students. As well as providing numerous benefits to students, TSEP is expected to lower the University’s carbon footprint and provide energy cost-savings.

If you would like to become a TSEP rep in your halls of residence, click here.