Save Water, Save Electricity
One of the best ways to save energy is to use water more efficiently in your home. This will not only reduce your consumption of these precious resources, but save you money as well!
It is easy to use less water and electricity with more efficient habits.
Change the way you use hot water:
- Use cold water to wash your hands and use a basin plug when washing.
- Shower instead of bathing and you will save up to 80% in water and use 5 times less electricity.
- Catch running water while waiting for it to heat up and reuse this water elsewhere in your home.
Change the way you use appliances:
- Only use your washing machine once a full load of laundry has accumulated. Automatic washing machines use the same amount of electricity and water for a full load as they do for a single item. If the load isn't particularly dirty, skip the pre-wash cycle which can cut down on hot water usage by up to 20%.
- When using a kettle, boil only as much water as you need.
- Run the dishwasher only when it's full and use the short wash cycles for everything except the dirtiest dishes.
- Insulate your water pipes. This avoids wasting water while waiting for hot water to flow through and the reduction in heat loss can reduce the cost of electricity to keep water hot by R500 or more.
- Fix leaking water taps. A dripping tap can waste up to 18 litres of water a day. This could cost you hundreds of rands worth of electricity annually if it’s the hot water tap that’s leaking.
- Switch to a low-flow, energy and water efficient aerated showerhead which use no more than 10 litres per minute. They’re designed to use up to 40% less hot water. To test your showerhead, hold a bucket under the shower spray for 12 seconds. If you collect more than 2 litres, it should be replaced.
- When you need to get a new washing machine, invest in a front-loading washing machine instead of a top loader. It uses less water and costs less to operate. Also ensure the new machine offers a variety of water temperature settings.
- When buying a dishwasher, choose a model that uses less water. A water efficient dishwasher uses up to 50% less water than a conventional one, which means 50% less water to heat up.
Fore more tips on how to save electricity in your home click here.
If you want to know more on how to save water in your home, the City of Cape Town's website has great tips.