Electricity and water are ordinary things that support our everyday living. TYS does not charge for heating, electricity, or water separately by consumption, but the expenses caused by these have been included in the rent. These are, however, no small expenses. In 2016, the total expenses were ca. €2.4/m²/month, and the average rent was €12.3/m²/month. So in practice this means that, in a 35m² apartment with rent ca. €430/month, the portion of electricity, water, and heating is about €84/month.
Tenants cannot influence the heating expenses much with their own choices, because the heating in all properties is regulated by building automatism (see more information here). On the other hand, tenants can significantly influence the consumption of electricity and water. It is, therefore, worth watching one’s own consumption habits.
The easiest way to reduce water consumption is to shorten the duration of showers. Five minutes of showering consumes about 60 litres of water – but how many are satisfied with a five minute shower? It is also worth noting that warm water costs about twice as much as cold water. You can read tips to sensible water usage here (in Finnish). TYS also tries to find ways to conserve water – Auranhelmi and Tavasti have water saving faucets that were installed in 2015. In addition, tenants in new and renovated apartments can monitor their own water consumption through their tenant pages.
If you notice that the toilet or a faucet is dripping, report the issue electronically on your customer page, and maintenance will come and fix it. A dripping plumbing fixture might increase the water bill by hundreds per month, even if the dripping seems minor and harmless.
Even though household appliances and other devices use less and less electricity, the increase in the number of devices shows in electricity consumption. As for lighting, for instance, it is worth favouring energy-stingy energy saving and LED lamps. TYS also pays attention to the issue when renewing light fixtures and acquiring new ones – LED light fixtures are installed both indoors and out. For example, in the Student Village, outside light fixtures have been replaced by LED lights. Just on the west side, this saves the equivalent of 20 Student Village apartments’ electricity consumption per year.
An easy way to reduce your own electricity consumption is to turn off appliances completely when they are not being used. Also unplug chargers when devices are not being charged. TYS residents were encouraged to come up with household energy saving tips in the tip competition held in the fall of 2015. Here are some of the yields of the competition:
”You can easily spend too much time in the shower. Pick a couple of songs from your playlist and play them during a shower. This way you’ll have a good idea of how much time has passed. Try to be ready before the second song is over!”
”Utilize the afterheat of the oven. Food can be put in the oven before the target temperature is reached, and the oven can be turned off before the food is completely done.”
”Have a cooking day once a week. When the oven is hot for an oven-cooked dish, you can also bake some rolls and buns to put in the freezer.”