How to save electricity at home
THE looming electricity tariff hike will no doubt put extra strain on already tight budgets. As such, saving electricity is no longer an option, but an absolute necessity.
While most households have adjusted the way they use electricity, by conserving as much as possible and not wasting, many have now started looking for alternative ways to power their homes independently off the grid, some going as far as removing them almost completely from the public electricity supply.
To save energy, many would first think of installing a solar water heating system as the geyser is one of the largest consumers of power in any household.
1. Switch off devices when not in use Unplug your cell phone charger when you’re not using it. If the charger feels warm when it’s plugged in but not attached to a cell phone, it’s still using energy.
2. Cold for laundry Ninety percent of the energy used by a top loading washing machine is for heating water. A front loading washing machine uses less water and costs less to operate than a top loader.
A washing machine uses the same amount of electricity for a full load as it does for a single item, so keep dirty clothes until a full load has accumulated.
3. USE A low-flow SHOWERHEAD A low-flow showerhead uses less water per minute, which means less water to heat.
4. Save money with low-energy
light bulbs Changing your traditional light bulbs to energy-saving equivalents can make a big difference. Also remember to turn off lights in rooms you are not using.
5. Switch off the air conditioner You need three times more energy per degree to cool a room than to heat it.
6. Optimise the energy consumption of your PC Modern PCS can be set up to enter energy saving modes.
7. Dishwasher Fill your dishwasher completely before operating it and use short wash cycles, rinse-only cycles, mid-cycle turn-off and other features that are designed for energy conservation as well as convenience.
8. Fridge Don’t overload your fridge as this uses more electricity. Don’t open your fridge needlessly and switch on the energy saving switch if one is fitted to the appliance.
9. Freezer Keep the freezer open for as short a time as possible to prevent the loss of cold air. Your freezer should be kept as full as possible to prevent heavy icing.
10. Microwave ovens Defrost your food in the fridge instead of the microwave oven as it is more economical. Use your microwave oven to cook small to medium quantities of food as it is more economical to cook larger portions of meat in a conventional oven.
11. Tumble dryer Clean the lint filter in the tumble dryer after each operation to maintain full air flow and to maximise the drying efficiency.
First choice would be to dry clothes outside, in direct sunlight, or use the tumble dryer in consecutive loads where possible as your dryer will be warm already and will save on initial energy consumption.
A SOLAR water heating system is the way to go since the geyser is one of the largest consumers of power in any household.