Be energy-efficient this winter
LOAD shedding is upon us, and there seems to be no escape.
The biggest strain on the grid is at the evening peak, between 5pm and 9pm.
This is when millions of people increase consumption by switching on appliances for heating water, cooking or entertainment.
These day-to-day functions are unavoidable, but it is unnecessary to keep your geyser on over this time, according to electricity supplier Eskom.
Energy is also consumed by appliances that are left on when they are not in use, such as hi-fis, DVD players, computers and TVs.
When in standby mode, they still consume up to 50% of the energy they would have if operational.
If possible, use dishwashers, tumble dryers and washing machines after 9pm or at midday.
Here are a few energy-saving tips:
Before using a heater, keep warm in front of the TV by covering yourself with a blanket, snuggling up with a hot water bottle, or wearing an extra jersey.
Use your microwave to cook rather than your oven. It’s quicker and lighter on energy.
Block spaces underneath doors and around windows to keep the heat in.
Take a shower instead of bathing.
Use the money you have saved by conserving energy to invest in these energy-efficient solutions:
Instead of using a heater in your bedroom, use an electric blanket because it consumes less energy. But don’t leave it on overnight.
Replace your electric geyser with a solar water heater or install a heat pump.
Change your showerhead to an energy-efficient low-flow showerhead.
Swop incandescent light bulbs for compact fluorescent lamps.
Do your bit this winter and encourage your friends and family to be part of the solution, too.
You have the potential to remind 49 million people to save power.
Visit eskom.co.za for more information on how you can conserve energy