Energy saving tips
Whether it is to save the planet, or to save money, saving energy is always commendable. There are literally hundreds of small little things you can do to cut back on energy usage. Here are just a few:
Be geyser wise
A geyser uses 39% of all household electricity, but there is a lot you can do to save electricity by making a few adjustments:
- Insulate geysers and water pipes as this will help the water to stay hot for longer;
- Reduce the maximum temperature setting by adjusting the thermostat to 60ºC or less;
- Instead of a long bath rather shower, as showers use around 50 percent less energy;
- If possible, invest in energy and water-saving shower heads as well as a solar geyser;
- Give your geyser regular check-ups.
- Only use the washing machine when you have collected a full load;
- If you must wash a partial load, use the economy or half load setting;
- Wash at 40 degrees centigrade instead of 60. A cold wash saves even more electricity;
- Use tumble dryers only when you cannot hang your clothes out to dry as they use up a huge amount of energy.
- Get in the habit of unplugging all appliances. Most of the electronic equipment today use an electronic switch that is controlled by a circuit that is always turned on. When the equipment is turned off it keeps feeding this circuit, and remains in stand-by mode. In this mode it is still pulling current from the AC outlet, costing you money and wasting energy;
- Lighting makes up about 10 percent of home energy costs. Switch lights off when you leave the room and rely on natural light whenever possible;
- Turn off your computer. Leaving your computer on through the night wastes electricity and increases your power bill.
- Between the roof, walls and floor, a home can lose around 70% of its temperature. Insulate these areas to reduce electricity cost while trying to maintain a comfortable living temperature;
- It is estimated that a third of the average home’s heat loss occurs through windows and doors. Energy efficient window film works by blocking infrared radiation from passing through your window glass. By applying window film, heat from inside your house will not escape to the cold outdoors in winter, and in summer, heat from the outside will not get in, saving you money on air conditioning.
Use energy-efficient appliances.
- Manufacturers are making great strides in developing new, more efficient appliances that are saving consumers money on their energy bills. In some instances these new appliances use up to 50 percent less than older models. It could actually save you money to replace some of you old appliances;
- Replacing incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) could save you up to 75 percent in energy usage. They also last longer, saving money on replacements;
- Placing lamps or TV sets near your room air-conditioning thermostat can cause the air conditioner to run longer than necessary because the thermostat senses heat from the appliances. Set them apart and save energy.
Saving electricity will not only save you money, but will help reduce the impact energy consumption has on the environment. Every effort, no matter how small helps.
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