This year, we all have a few resolutions we’d like to roll out.
Some of us are trying new ways to save money and time, others are trying to find new ways to lose weight, and the rest, well they probably still trying to sort out the resolutions they made last year.
How to Save Electricity in 2017
Now, as an electrician in Tableview, we don’t have much advice for those wanting to lose weight. However, we do have a few tips on how to save electricity.
It’s important to remember that saving electricity will not only about save you money, but it will help to lower the chances of power cuts.
Additionally, saving electricity means you’re doing your bit towards the conservation of natural resources, such as coal, while reducing global warming and the impact energy consumption has on the environment.
But first, it’s important to understand what’s watt?
- Electricity is measured in units of power called watts (W)
- 1 000 watts = 1 kilowatt (kW)
- 1 kilowatt hour (kWh) = 1000W or 1kW working for one hour
- Electricity is measured in kilowatt hours, and on your electricity bill, each kilowatt hour is shown as one unit.
- Household appliances are rated in watts or kilowatts.
The watts of an appliance, indicate how much electricity the appliance uses in a certain amount of time.
For instance, a 1kW kitchen appliance uses one unit of electricity per hour. And a 100 watt light bulb will use one unit of electricity every 10 hours.
The rating of an appliance is usually shown in the specifications section, the higher the rating, the more electricity it will use.
Now on to the electricity saving tips, we’ve categorised them by room for your convenience.
Tips for the Kitchen
- Instead of heating water on the stove for cooking, use a kettle to boil water. This is quicker and uses less energy than a pot on the stove.
- Make sure to match the size of the pan with the size of the stove plate.
- Using a microwave is both quicker and easier than using a stove and oven. Did you know? 1 oven uses the same power as 18 microwaves.
- Do not over fill the kettle, only fill your kettle with the amount of water that you need.
- Cutting your food up into smaller sections will help it cook quicker.
- While baking or cooking, refrain from opening the oven door and releasing the heat.
- Make sure to fill the washing machine with a full load.
- Always switch of Isolator at wall if it has an indication light as this draws unnecessary power.
- Stoves with heavy solid plates retain heat, therefore if you have one of these stoves, switch off the plate a few minutes before removing the pot – your meal will continue cooking.
- Cooling a fridge takes a lot of electricity, therefore it’s important to be quick when looking in your fridge for snacks.
- Allow hot food to cool before placing it in the refrigerator or the deep freeze.
- Ensure that your fridge door seals are in good condition. Additionally, don’t put your fridge near the oven.
- A dishwasher uses the same amount of electricity as a 120 CFL energy-saving light bulbs. Make sure to use the economy programme and wait until your dishwasher is full before you switch it on.
- Remove excess water from clothes before putting them in the tumble dryer – this way you avoid using unnecessary electricity.
Did you know?
- The standby mode of some household appliances uses the equivalent of leaving a 100W light bulb on all year.
Zero Tolerance Electrical now offer electronic appliance repair, we will gladly collect your appliance and once repaired, we will conveniently deliver it right back to you! Please contact us, for more details.
Turn off the Lights
In 2016, how many times did you leave a light on accidentally?
This year, try to make it your mission to remember to turn off lights in rooms that aren’t being used - except for florescent tube lights, they use more electricity to start up than staying on for an hour.
In most homes, lighting uses around 17% – 20% of the electricity bill.
However, a substantial amount of electricity can be saved by replacing your standard incandescent light bulbs with energy efficient bulbs, such as LED lights.
Although, they are more expensive, LED lights have an average lifespan of 3 years. And have a minimum saving of up to 35% on electricity usage per usage.
Electricity tips for the Lounge
Always switch the TV off when not using it. Leaving your TV on standby uses up to 50% of the electricity it would use if it was on, the same can be said for Hi-Fi’s, computers and laptops.
In winter, use a gas heater for heating your lounge, and remember to switch it off when leaving the room.
Additionally, curtains help to retain a space’s heat, so make sure to draw them closed early in the evening.
Install a geyser timer and set it to run a maximum of 4 hours per day – doing this could save up to 15% electricity costs.
Always make a note of checking what temperature your geyser has been set to, a geyser’s maximum temperature is 75 degrees, try setting it to 55 degrees, this will save on the amount of time it takes the geyser to reach temperature.
Showering uses much less water and therefore, less hot water and less electricity. Limiting your water usage will also assist the water shortage.
In addition, you can also save electricity by fitting a low-flow shower head, this will not only save water, but electricity too.
Furthermore, you can insulate your geyser with a geyser blanket, which helps to maintain heat even after turning your geyser off.
- Contact us, for assistance with fixing geysers, pools, spas and spa motors.
The Swimming Pool
The filter of a swimming pool pump is one of the largest consumers of electricity in the home.
Therefore, you should try to use the pump only when necessary.
However, here are few tips for cutting your swimming pool’s energy consumption:
- Use a cover for your swimming pool - this will keep your pool clean and will help to heat it, removing the need for electrical pool heating.
- Alternatively, you should consider solar pool heating and pool solar panels.
- Additionally, you can fit your pool pump with a timer, allowing you to control filter times.
- In winter, you can use the pool filter even less – when it’s cold algae growth is limited, allowing you to reduce the cleaning filter to once every few days.
Zero Tolerance Electrical – Electrician in Tableview, Cape Town
We hope that all our clients got the most out of their holiday season and are ready for the success 2017 has instore!
Zero Tolerance Electrical promises the same commitment to quality, prompt service as we have always had.
Contact us, for any electrical problems you may have.