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It all adds up! Save over R2,000 a year by following these 12 simple steps to save energy:
  1.  Adjust the thermostat setting on the geyser to 55degC

  2. Insulate the geyser and hot water pipes.

  3. Shower instead of bathing (based on one shower or bath per person per day)

  4. Fix leaking hot water taps (leaking at one drop of 1ml every two seconds)

  5. Don’t use the hot water tap for small amounts of cold water (based on four draws of 1 litre of water per day)

  6. Fit a low-flow showerhead in the shower

  7. Insulate the ceilings in your home

  8. Use an electric blanket instead of a heater in the bedroom

  9. Air-dry laundry outside (as opposed to using a 2kW tumble dryer for two hours each week)

  10. Switch off the lights in rooms when they are not occupied

  11. Use fluorescent lights in places that require long hours of light such as in the garage and kitchen

  12. Regularly service the pool pump and clean the filter
 
GEYSER/HOT WATER CYLINDER
 
The geyser is the highest consumer of electricity in the home, so it is important to implement some or all of the following measures to appreciate significant energy savings.
ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES
 
General
 
When you’re shopping for an appliance, think of two price tags. The first one covers the purchase price - think of it as a down payment. The second price tag is the cost of operating the appliance during its lifetime. You’ll be paying on that second price tag every month with your utility bill for the next 10 to 20 years, depending on the appliance.

Stove/Oven

Kettle

Fridge/Freezer

Washing machine
Dishwasher
 
SPACE COOLING (summer)
 
SPACE HEATING (winter)
 
POOL FILTER PUMP
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Practical steps to being energy efficient at home

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There are many things that you can do that won't cost you anything to save energy at home today! In fact, saving energy can save you money as you’ll spend less on your electricity bill each month. Saving energy is also important as producing electricity in South Africa is damaging to the environment due to increased carbon emissions.

Check your monthly electricity statements regularly and take a keen interest in your household energy consumption level. After implementing some or many of the recommendations below, you will be surprised at how your electricity consumption decreases as a result. Also tell your family, friends, neighbours and work colleagues about the energy efficient behaviour that you have learned.
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