Use less electricity, save more money and do your bit to help the environment with these energy efficient tips.
Your geyser is responsible for 39% of your monthly energy usage, and with better management you can reduce your electricity bill. Install a timer to switch it off when it’s not in use and reduce the temperature to 60°C. Feel the geyser, if it’s warm to the touch then it’s losing heat and you should cover it with an insulation blanket.
Have a short shower rather than a bath – as it uses less water – and install an energy saving showerhead. Use cold water where possible when washing clothes, and when washing fruit and vegetables. Only fill the kettle as much as you need, fix leaking taps, and use a plug in the basin rather than letting water run. Only use a washing machine or dishwasher when it has a full load.
Even when appliances are in standby mode they still draw electricity. When you’re not using your chargers, music system, TV or computer, turn them off at the plug. Buy energy efficient appliances and be sure to turn them all off at the plug when you go on holiday.
4. HEATING AND COOLING
Use a fan in summer, rather than air-conditioning, and in winter you should wear warmer clothing, and use blankets and hot water bottles rather than turning on heaters. Don’t use heaters in every room, only where you and your family are sitting, and ensure that doors and windows are properly closed to keep the heat in.
When you cook food on the stove match the pot size to the plate size, and keep lids on to conserve heat. Use oven lights to see how your food is cooking, rather than opening the oven door as the heat escapes. Use gas to cook your food where possible, and save power by using a pressure cooker if you have one. Let you food cool completely before you put it in the fridge or freezer, and ensure that the fridge door is closed properly. Defrost your fridge and freezer regularly to ensure cool air flows freely and efficiently keeps your food cold.
Switch to energy-efficient light bulbs as they use less electricity and last up to 8 times longer than regular light bulbs.
Save on your electricity bill by making sure your house is properly insulated. A good roof insulation will keep your home a few degrees cooler in the hotter months, and a few degrees warmer in the winter months.
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