Now that spring has arrived, it’s time to start thinking about ways in which we can start saving money on electricity.
In this article, we’ve summarised a few electricity saving tips that you can use to help cut down your electricity costs this spring.
How to save electricity in spring
Turn off switches
- Yes, switching off devices can be annoying and you may think – “Am I actually saving that much electricity?”
- The answer is yes, if you had to turn off all of the plugs in your home that you are not using, you would save a decent amount of electricity. Every bit counts.
- Although, we might all want to reach for our beloved aircon when the temperatures start to rise, the most energy efficient option would be to use an electric fan.
- Ceiling fans use much less electricity than an air conditioner, and will save you a great deal on your electricity bill.
- Zero Tolerance Electrical will gladly assist in the installation or repair of your ceiling fan.
Insulation for the home
- Good home insulation is just as important in summer as it is in winter.
- Have ceiling insulation fibre installed to keep your home cool during hot days.
- Ceiling insulation fibre reduces warm air conduction.
Turn off lights
- Always turn off lights when leaving a room – except for florescent tube lights, they use more electricity to start up than staying on for an hour.
- We tend to always forget one or two lights on during the day. You’ll be surprised just how much electricity you can save if you remember to turn these lights off.
- Connect security lights to a day night switch on their own circuit.
- During spring and summer, make the most of natural light entering your home, instead of turning on lights.
Use energy efficient light bulbs
- Replace ‘traditional’ light bulbs with energy efficient bulbs, such as LED lights.
- LED lights have an average lifespan of 3 years compared to traditional halogens that have a lifespan of 1 year.
- LED lights have a minimum saving of up to 35% on electricity usage per usage.
- LED lights have become so advanced that a normal 40w LED flood light has the same lumens as a 400w halogen flood light.
Get the AC inspected
- When using your aircon during hot days, keep all windows closed.
- Have your aircon inspected to make sure it isn’t leaking.
- Check your air conditioner filter regularly and clean or replace it when necessary.
Swimming pool energy efficiency
- Swimming pool pumps use up to 20% of total electricity consumption in the home.
- If you have a pool and would like to cut down on energy usage, reduce the time interval for running the pump by up to two hours a day.
- Every week cut back another hour to establish the minimum amount of operating time required to keep your pool clean.
- Additionally, use a pool cover to help keep your pool clean.
- If you would like to make sure your pool is not using excess power, contact us.
Install a solar water heater
- This can save the most electricity of all.
- A solar water heater can save up to two thirds of water heating costs, when installed with a timer.
- Additionally, if solar is not an option, try turning your geyser temperature down to save on heating costs.
- During summer in Cape Town, we should set our geysers to a maximum of 50 degrees. This will give us a comfortable warm water temperature of 45 degrees (which is already way too hot for us to be able to use).
- Additionally, have a digital timer installed for your geyser. Set the timer to operate for a minimum of 3 hours per day, 1 hour before use and half an hour after.
Zero Tolerance Electrical – Emergency Electricians Cape Town
We offer a number of residential electrical services, namely:
- Electrical connecting of air-conditioners
- TV cable point supply and install
- Installing & repairing ceiling fans
- Fixture electrical appliance installations such as stoves, fridges, hobs and extractors
- Inspecting driveway gate motors
- Pool Sub Distribution Boards and earth leakage
- Installation on LED lighting and energy saving technology
For more information about our services, please contact us.