Not only is high electricity consumption bad for our planet, it will also leave you with a higher than necessary electricity account. And who wants to spend more money than necessary on electricity? Here are a few handy hints for keeping your account low.
Switch off unnecessary lights
Make a habit of switching off the light when you exit a room. It is not going to make a big difference, but every little bit helps. It doesn’t make sense to have every light on if it is unnecessary. Nowadays there are smart systems that switch on lights the moment there is movement in a room.
Replace your bulbs
Switch to energy-efficient bulbs. The new LED bulbs may be a bit more expensive, but they use up to 80% less electricity than traditional bulbs.
Use natural light longer before switching on the lights. Open your curtains as wide as possible. If you are looking for a place to live, look for places with north-facing windows. This will definitely help with more natural light.
Shower instead of taking a bath
A fast shower uses much less water than a bath. This means less electricity because the geyser has to supply less hot water. You can even put a timer on your geyser so that it is on only for certain times of the day.
Don’t let taps run
Do you keep the tap running when you shave or brush your teeth? Close them when you’re not using them. This is how you can focus on using less warm water.
Be smart and save by unplugging your electrical appliances. Computers, television sets, DVD players, sound systems and even decoders use electricity when you’re not using them. You will be surprised at the big difference this can make.
Washing and dishes
Frontloaders use less energy than toploaders. To save more, make sure that you load a full bundle of washing when you can. You use the same amount of electricity whether you wash a few items or a whole bundle. If you have a dishwasher, don’t wash only one or two items at a time.
Windows and doors
Keep your windows and doors closed when it’s cold. In this way you regulate the temperature and be less dependent on the fan or air conditioner.
Use sunlight to dry clothes
We live in sunny South Africa, so use the sunlight. Hang your clothes outside rather than using a tumble dryer.
Insulate the ceiling
Surprisingly enough, insulation can make a few degrees’ difference in the temperature of your house. Your place will be warmer in winter and cooler in summer. And while they’re busy in the roof, ask them to set your geyser.