Seven powerful power-saving tips
Load shedding is a hot topic for South Africans. The reality is that the rising demand for electricity means that power will continue to be in short supply and the costs are going to remain high. So to help you save your hard-earned rands, DirectAxis has found seven easy tips to help you minimise your electricity use at home:
Even when an appliance isn’t in use, it can still draw current while on standby mode. So get into the habit of unplugging non-essential items like your cell phone charger, hairdryer, reading lamps and more.
2. Stove savvy.
You’ll be surprised how much electricity you can save simply by using a lid on your pot when boiling water for cooking. Also, match the size of your pot to the size of the stove plate and go easy on the oven – turn to the more power-friendly microwave instead.
3. Get to grips with the geyser.
Fit a geyser blanket to stop the precious heat from escaping. To save even further, insulate the water pipes and reduce the thermostat to 60°C – it’s still hot enough for a great shower, but will draw a lot less power.
4. Take a shower.
While a candlelit soak in the tub feels like a romantic way to tackle enforced darkness, showers use a lot less water, which in turn means less hot water and electricity.
5. Fit a power surge protector.
When current is restored after a cut, electrical surges can damage your appliances, resulting in costly repairs or replacements. Soften the blow and fit a surge protector to key plug points.
6. Cosy up.
Heaters are very power hungry so rather layer up with jerseys and socks. Or even better, snuggle up with your favourite person under a blanket for two on the couch.
7. Look on the bright side.
Load shedding isn’t fun for anyone. But luckily we are a country filled with abundant sunshine, and in some regions, wind. As more and more alternative energy solutions come online, we can look forward to a future that is lighter on our pockets and lighter on the planet too.