As load shedding continues, we take a look at some of the key ways you can help to reduce demand by using electricity sparingly.
Keep your showers short
Opt for showers over filling up a bath tub. Where possible, try to keep your showers to a maximum of two minutes.
Set your AC
Set the average temperature of your air-conditioner to 23ºC. Not home? Turn it off.
Boil what you need
Save water, money and energy by boiling only as much water as you need, not the whole kettle.
Be geyser wise
Switch off your geysers over peak periods, and use the cold water tap rather than running the geyser every time.
Turn off your compliances
At the end of the day, be sure to turn off your computers, printers, and all other devices you may have off at the switch – this is especially important for offices.
Save energy by washing your clothes in cold water. Also always try to wash a full machine load of clothes – this will use less water and energy than two half loads.
Switch off lights
Turn off lights when you are not in the room and use natural light when possible. It is also a good idea to switch to LED.
Turn off taps
Never leave your tap running when you are doing the washing up, brushing your teeth, or washing your hands. Only use what is necessary.
These are just a few of the tips that can help you to reduce your electricity usage, and save you money! If we have missed off any important tricks, let us know and we will add them to the list!
And remember – knowing your loadshedding timetable can help you to plan ahead and stay safe. For your local schedule, see here.
The OurHood Team 🙂
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