How to save elec­tric­ity at home

Lesotho Times - - Property -

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.

— Prop­erty24

A SO­LAR wa­ter heat­ing sys­tem is the way to go since the geyser is one of the largest con­sumers of power in any house­hold.

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