This article was ghostwritten for lamna. It is written in British English.
Cutting your electricity usage at home is about more than just being kind to the planet, it can have a big effect on your electricity bill at the end of the month. Check out these simple and effective tips for saving electricity around the house.
Here are the things you can do right now to reduce your consumption.
1. Turn your appliances off at the wall
Switching appliances such as TVs, decoders and DVD players off at the plug point can equal a significant saving because a lot of devices use power even when they are switched off, sometimes as much as 5-10% of the power they use when they are switched on. Appliances that have a standby mode, such as game consoles and computers, can use even more.
2. Put your geyser on a timer
Timers are simple and inexpensive to install and they let you set exactly what time you want your geyser to switch on so you don’t need to worry about waking up to a cold shower. Alternatively, you can simply switch your geyser on and off at the distribution board of your house, so your geyser is only heating water one or two hours a day instead of constantly.
3. Wash your clothes on a cooler and shorter cycle
Most washing machines have a shorter cycle of about 30 minutes that only heats the water to 30°C instead of the usual 40°C. This not only saves a lot of electricity but also a significant amount of water. With office jobs and driving to work, most people’s clothes don’t get dirty enough to warrant a long, hot washing cycle.
4. Use a phone app to monitor your usage
There are a few apps you can download to help you monitor your usage and help you save wherever possible. Energy Cost Calculator (free on iTunes) is handy for calculating energy usage of various appliances. An app called Kill-Ur-Watts will help you monitor your household usage and calculate your carbon footprint.
5. Set your fridge to 4°C
It’s unnecessary for your fridge to be colder than 4°C and just one or two degrees colder can make a big difference to your electricity bill. Fridges also operate best at this temperature. Unlike a freezer, it’s also not good to over fill your fridge as this can cause the temperature to drop too low as the items in the fridge retain the cold.
6. Keep your freezer defrosted and don’t under fill it
Don’t let ice build up on the interior of your freezer as this hinders the efficiency and causes the freezer to use more power. Under filling your freezer can also labour the system because it takes more power to keep an empty freezer cold. Try to keep your freezer as full as possible to maximise efficiency.
These solutions are a little pricier to implement but can equal huge savings in the long run.
7. Invest in an instant hot water maker
Instant hot water makers, such as Bibo, are extremely energy efficient and save you not only electricity but also water by only heating exactly how much is needed at a time. Kettles tend to be overfilled and end up boiling more water than required.
8. Install a solar geyser
Solar power has come a long way in a short time and not only are solar geysers very efficient they also cost less these days than when they were first available. The Eskom rebate programme is unfortunately no longer applicable but a 150-litre solar geyser including installation can easily cost well under than R10,000 with the electricity saving exceeding that amount within 3 years.
9. Buy a gas stove
A gas stove can cost as little as R2500 and a 9kg bottle of gas, which costs around R300, will last approximately three months for a family of three. An electric stove of equivalent size will consume roughly 150KWhs per month costing you approximately R700 – R800 in the same 3-month period.
10. Only buy appliances with an A+ energy rating
The majority of white goods appliances you can buy today come with an energy rating of A+, with some imported products even boasting an A++ or even A+++ rating. If an appliance doesn’t have a sticker telling you its rating, there’s a good chance it falls lower down the scale. Always research the appliance you want to buy online to confirm its energy rating.
11. Replace all your bulbs with LEDs
While the initial outlay for this can be costly, with LED bulbs costing as much as R100 each, these bulbs not only use up to 75% less power compared to CFLs and incandescent bulbs, they are also extremely long lasting. They can last up to 25 times longer than a CFL. They also emit very little heat compared to CFLs and incandescent bulbs, which can lose up to 90% of their energy through heat.
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