Top 5 Ways to Save Electricity

It is no secret that electricity prices are not coming down anytime soon. But what can we do about it? In order to save some money, and the environment, South Africans need to be electrically efficient.

Top 5 Ways to Save ElectricityAt Schmidhauser Electrical, we not only strive to deliver the best service, at the best possible price. We also want to help you save money! Here are our Top 5 tips to lower your electricity consumption and save you money:

  1. Switch off equipment when not in use

Yes, this one is obvious but you would be surprised how few people actually do this. Turn appliances off at the wall plug instead of leaving them on standby, as this can still draw roughly 20% or more of standard electricity use. And don’t forget to turn your geyser off when you go on holiday!

  1. Insulate your Geyser

A geyser ‘blanket’ assists your geyser in trapping in the heat, which in turn lowers the electricity that the geyser uses. If your geyser is well insulated you will save money. Click here for a list of approved suppliers

  1. Insulate your ceiling

Ceiling and roof insulation can keep a home 10 degrees cooler in summer and 5 degrees warmer in winter. The more comfortable the indoor temperatures, the less need for electrical heating and cooling. This adds up to savings of approximately 75%

  1. Install efficient Lighting

Switching off lights in unoccupied rooms is an obvious way to save electricity, but checking your light bulbs is just as important. Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) use 75% less power than old incandescent bulbs, and last much longer. New ‘light-emitting diodes’, or LEDs, are even more efficient than CFLs, and last 130 times longer than CFL bulbs. Currently they have limited applications in homes, but are ideal replacements for halogen down-lighting. LED’s save the most, and although they are expensive, the cost is coming down as the technology develops.

  1. Install an efficient shower head

Your shower flow rate should be no more than 10 litres per minute. To test this at home, hold a bucket under the showerhead for 12 seconds. Measure the amount of water within the bucket with a measuring jug. If there is more than 2 litres then your showerhead is inefficient. A good, modern product will save both water and electricity without compromising your shower experience, and the saving usually pays back the investment within a few weeks.



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