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Saving electricity and money made easy


Saving electricity at home

 

Added demands on our energy resources impacts on the limited natural resources of our country. Using energy wisely will not only help you to save money on your electricity bill but will also alleviate the demand on the Eskom grid.

Understanding electricity
Electricity is measured in kilowatts (kW) and kilowatt hours (kWh). The amount of energy you use (energy consumption) is reflected in your bill as kWh. The amount of power you use (energy demand) is represented by kW.

Understanding your electricity usage can help lower your bill. If, for instance, all the lights in your home are switched on, your energy demand increases. High demands affect the national power grid, which can lead to load shedding.

There are many ways to lower your energy consumption and save money:

1. Convert to solar energy
Invest in solar panels to cut down on electricity costs. Photovoltaic (PV) solar panels can be pricey to buy and install but it’s worth it in the long run. It would also mean that you are not totally dependent on the national power grid. Geysers use up to half your household's electricity bill. Investing in a solar geyser will save you money.

2. Don’t forget to unplug
Your appliances and chargers still draw energy if they’re plugged in. Unplug appliances you’re not using.

3. Saving electricy in the kitchen
Saving electricity

Saving electricity
Consider using gas instead of an electric stove when cooking. Use less water in your kettle and add only the amount of water you need when making tea or coffee.  Cook smart and always use a pot lid as it saves energy and remember to cut your food into small portions before cooking to reduce cooking time.

Use cold water instead of heated water when doing laundry. To save energy you should only wash your clothes when you have a full load.

Always close your fridge after opening it. When you leave it open it loses cold air, which means it will need electricity to cool down again.  

4. Replace outside lights with sensor lights
This is a great way to save money, as they don’t run constantly. 

5. Change to energy-saving LED lightbulbs
LED lights use less energy because they use fewer watts than incandescent light bulbs. Also only use lights inside your home when you need to.

6. If you have a pool
Cover your pool and switch off the pool pump
Your pool pump uses a lot of electricity. Instead of keeping it on all day, control its operation with a pool clock.

7. Keeping warm 
Wear layers of clothing and use blankets. Avoid using electric heaters. Instead, wear warm clothes and use blankets to keep warm or switch to a gas heater and ensure floors and walls are well insulated. Try using carpets and mats on tiled floors to keep your floors warm and gas heaters to reduce the use of electricity.

8. Keep your geyser snug in winter 
Solar geyser

Solar geyser
Eskom will give you a rebate after installation of the solar geyser has been confirmed. A geyser blanket is also an effective way of cutting down the amount of electricity used by a geyser. These are usually available at hardware stores.  You can also use a gas water heater to reduce the use of your normal geyser. 

Insulate your ceiling. Insulating your ceiling means that your home will be warmer. This can minimise the use of electric heaters. Also keep windows and doors closed properly. Save energy and ensure that you keep your windows and doors closed when using a heater or air conditioner.

Learn more
Use these useful tips and tools to reduce your energy consumption:

 

 
The content on this page was last updated on 23 March 2020