Tips to save electricity and money
BY using energy wisely, you’ll help to keep your monthly utility costs down - this is called demand-side management.
In addition to the cost implications, the growing population and accompanying demands on our energy resources have a severe impact on the country’s natural resources. The environment will benefit from the efficient use of energy.
For example, every kilowatt-hour (kwh) of electricity saved means one less kilogram of carbon dioxide generated by a power station.
Below are tips every household can use to save energy and money: Geysers 1. Set your electrical geyser’s thermostat at 55 ° C to 60 ° C. To save energy, make sure the geyser and all hot water steel pipes in the roof are well insulated with fibreglass or newspaper. 2. Solar heating units could reduce the geyser’s electricity consumption by 40% to 50%. This would result in a savings of about 200kwh to 250kwh of electricity per month, depending on the number of geysers and the size of the family. Lights 3. Switch off the lights when they are not needed. 4. Use fewer bulbs with higher wattages. For instance, one 100 watt bulb produces the same light as two 60 watt bulbs. 5. Dimming switches reduce electricity consumption. 6. Use compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) instead of ordinary bulbs. 7. Use low-energy lamps for exterior lighting. Heating 8. Use the correct heaters. Infrared electricity heaters are the most energy efficient heaters available while oil heaters are the safest. 9. Insulate the ceiling and seal air gaps in the home. 10. Ensure that heaters have thermostats. 11. Use electric blankets but turn them off when in bed. Dishwasher 12. Fill the dishwasher completely before op- erating it. 13. Turn off the dishwasher before the drying cycle so that you can wipe the dishes clean with a dry cloth. 14. Connect the dishwasher to the cold water supply. 15. Clean filters. 16. When buying a dishwasher, look for energy saving features like a short wash cycle. 17. Install your dishwasher away from your refrigerator. The dishwasher’s heat and moisture make the refrigerator work harder. Tumble Dryers 18. Tumble dryers that operate with an electronic humidity control are the most efficient as they automatically shut off the drying cycle when clothes are dry. 19. Use correct temperature settings to minimise the amount of electricity used. 20. Remove water before putting clothes into the tumble dryer. 21. On sunny days, take the opportunity to dry your clothes outside. Automatic washing machines 22. A front loading washing machine uses less water and costs less to operate. 232. Use the warm water setting to cut down on electricity needed to heat the water. 24. Make sure you have a full load before washing. 25. Select the shortest possible washing programme. 26. Cold water detergents reduce electricity consumption. Stoves 27. Use pressure cookers when preparing food that takes a long time to cook. 28. Match pots and pans to stove plates. Small pots on large plates waste electricity. 29. Do not use pots with distorted bottoms. 30. Switch off the plates or oven before food is fully cooked. This allows you to finish your cooking without using energy. 31. Keep oven doors closed until food is cooked. 32. Do not preheat the oven. It isn’t necessary to preheat the oven except for food requiring high temperatures and slow cooking times.
INFRARED electricity heaters are the most energy efficient heaters available while oil heaters are the safest.