Top 10 Energy-Saving Tips South Africa

With the cost of electricity only getting higher its a good idea to start saving some money where you can every little will help. Eskom's power generating systems are also under a lot of pressure so by helping using electricity a bit more wisely you help Eskom to minimise load shedding and keep the lights on. 

 

Here are 10 Energy saving tips you can do every day :

 
#1 Unplug Unused Electronics

Did you know that your Tv, Decoder, Sound System, etc are using power even when it is off? This is called standby power and can account for 10% of an average household's yearly electricity use. Make sure you switch off the plugs when you go to bed or on holiday.

 

#2 Through A Dry Towel In The Tumble Dryer

Add a dry towel to your tumble dryer load can significantly reduce drying times. If you want to save even more hang your laundry outside to dry. Tumble dryers take a lot more energy than you know. The Average Tumble Dryer rage from 1800 watts and 5000 watts. If you use a 3000kw dryer for an hour you would have used 3 "Units".

 

#3 Use the microwave

A microwave takes about 15 minutes to do the same job as 1 hour in a conventional oven. Don't use the microwave to defrost food rather leave the frozen food in the fridge overnight. Cook Larger pieces of meat in a pressure cooker.

 
#4 Wash laundry in cold

Switch from hot to cold water for an average of at least three loads per week. A front-loading washing machine uses less water and costs less to operate. Make sure you have a full load of washing before you start. Try to use the shortest washing times when possible like quick was for normal clothing etc. 

 

#5 Turn off unnecessary lights

Don't leave on lights in rooms that no one is using. During the day don't switch on the light if you can open the curtains for natural light. Make sure that when you buy lightbulbs that you buy energy-saving and LED lights as they only use 5-15 wats of power, better than the old 60-120w lights. 

 
#6 Refrigerator and Freezers

Don't open and close the unnecessarily and make sure it is sealed when you close the door. When you go on a long holiday try to empty your fridge and switch it off. Let food cool down completely before you put it back in a fridge. Make sure you defrost fridges regularly. A build-up of ice reduces cooling efficiency and increases running costs.

 

#7 Using the dishwasher

Some of the modern dishwashers have a heat dry option make sure you turn it off. Rather dry the dishes with a clean cloth or leave to dry. It uses a lot of energy to dry the dishes with heat. Make sure you fill-up the dishwasher before you use it. Clean the filters of your dishwasher often. If you are looking to buy a dishwasher buy one with a high energy saving rating and a short wash cycle.

 

#8 Heating and airconditioning 

Before you switch on the aircon open windows in your office/house and make sure the air circulates this will keep the rooms cool. If you have to use an aircon or heater make sure that the windows and doors in the room are closed. In winter times use a blanket to warm up instead of a heater. Switch off the geyser when you are not at home.

 

#9 The Stove and oven

Try to use a pressure cooker for food that needs do be cooked for a long time. Use the right size pots and pans on the stove putting a small pot on the large stove plate is a waste of energy. Only preheat the oven for food that requires high temperatures and slow cooking times.

 

#10 General energy saving tips

Don't fill up the kettle all the way with water if you are only making coffee or tee for one or two people. Set your swimming pool pumps for minimum periods. Use the correct appliance for what you need to be done like making toast in a toaster and not the oven. Don't buy commercial-grade appliances for household use you don't need stadion speakers to watch movies.

 

Every little bit of energy you save ads up and makes a big difference. Try using all 10 tips fora month and see if there is a difference in your electricity bill. 

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