Ways to save electricity

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With increased electricity tariffs, here are a few tips on how you can save energy and money. All these little things add up and can go a long way.

  • Set your electrical geyser’s thermostat at 55 °C to 60 °C. To save energy, install a geyser blanket and insulate all hot water pipes.
  • Install a geyser timer, allowing you to control when your geyser switches on and off. If your geyser is permanently on, it automatically switches on every time the water drops below the temperature setting.
  • Take shorter showers. Rinse your body, turn off the water. Apply soap and wash. Turn the water back on and do a final rinse. Not only will you save on electricity, you’ll be saving water too.
  • Change your showerhead to an energy efficient shower head. This can save you up to 6 liters of water per minute, saving energy, water and money.
  • Switch off the lights when exiting a room.
  • Replace all incandescent, fluorescent and halogen light bulbs with LED lamps. Even though LED lamps are more expensive, they last up to 5 times longer and use less electricity.
  • Install a power timer for your pool and set it to operate during off-peak times (10pm – 6am).
  • Switch off or unplug appliances at the plug point when you are not using it. Up to 10% of your electricity charges can be from gadgets and devises left in standby mode.
  • Charge your devices like phones, tablets and laptops during off-peak times (10pm – 6am).
  • Instead of drying the dishes with the heat dry cycle of your dishwasher, open the door just a bit to let your dishes air-dry or dry it with a cloth.
  • Fill your dishwasher completely before turning it on.
  • Run your dishwasher and washing machine in off-peak times.
  • Install an energy monitoring system to allow you to monitor your electrical consumption at any given time and make informed decisions to save electricity.
  • Replace old appliances with energy savings models. Look for “Energy Star” ratings when replacing appliances.
  • Use renewable energy where you can. It may be expensive at first, but you will save money in the long run.

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