Switching off for success

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STUDENTS living in Sheffield University flats proved they’re keen to be green by coming third in a national energy saving challenge.

The university came in the top three out of 54 institutions taking part in the Student Switch Off climate change competition - achieving a 6.5 per cent saving in the last academic year.

Students switched off lights and appliances, avoided overfilling kettles, put on extra layers instead of the heating, and put lids on pans.

Their reward was a giant delivery of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, served in Edge Café, part of The Endcliffe Village development.

“In one month students saved 78,490 kilowatt hours of energy - enough to make more than 2.4 million cups of tea,” said university spokesman Pat McGrath.