Saving power and your wallet

By Drum Digital
04 June 2014

Cold front approaching, how to survive it without increasing your electricity consumption

We are already in winter, and bitter cold temperatures go hand in hand with high electricity bills. Not only does the bill sky rocket, it also puts pressure on the national grid.

Staying warm at home and staying energy efficient

  • If you’re not using an appliance, switch it off.
  • A geyser uses 39% of all household electricity; switch it off to save electricity and money.
  • Insulate geysers and water pipes as this will help the water to stay hot for longer.
  • Reduce the maximum temperature setting for your geyser/ thermostat, to 60ºC and instead of a long bath rather shower, as showers use less water and energy.
  • Opt for energy and water-saving shower heads, which use less water and electricity.
  • Use energy saving globes (CFLs) instead of incandescent bulbs.
  • Don’t leave TVs, DVD players and other electrical equipment in stand-by mode – rather switch them off completely.
  • The same can be said for plug points and adaptors that hold cell phone chargers or bed side bulbs.
  • To save money in your kitchen close fridge doors as quickly as possible when taking items out – do not leave the door open for longer than necessary.
  • Keep room temperatures between 18ºC and 23ºC and wear warm clothes and use hot water bottles and avoid using heaters.

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