7 Top Tips To Save Electricity Around the Home

Fossil fuels are running out, energy bills are high and power outages in South Africa are an annoyingly common occurrence. We all know the frustration of load shedding and how it negatively affects our economy. Besides installing expensive solar panels and a wind turbine in the backyard, Gumtree shares energy-saving tips to create a more eco-friendly home. 

  1. Natural light: We are lucky to have good weather most of the year in South Africa. However, we need to take advantage of the natural lighting before turning on the lights in our homes. There is nothing better than warm summer evenings, with candles burning to wind down after a long workday. 
  2. Light bulbs: Energy-efficient light bulbs use less energy and last longer than standard bulbs. These are easy to change and can also be placed in lamps to create a relaxing ambiance. Outdoor lights can be equipped with motion sensors so they are not on unnecessarily. 
  3. Appliances: Getting into the habit of switching unused appliances off takes time, but when you start walking past switches that are on for no reason, you won’t hesitate to switch them off. Geysers also use energy during the day, so consider switching the geyser off at the mains to save power during the day. Don’t forget to switch this back on when you get home from work – you really don’t want to have a cold shower!
  4. Kettles: Filling the kettle to the top may seem like it saves you time and energy from constantly filling it up, but this little appliance uses more energy when more water is added to it. Therefore, the less water being boiled, the less energy used. Next time, keep in mind to only boil the amount of water needed.
  5. Washing machines: Plan your washing days according to the weather, so you can use the sun to dry your items. Make sure to fill the drum with a load instead of doing smaller loads more frequently during the week. This will help you save water, electricity and time. 
  6. Printing: Take advantage of the internet and reduce printing. Say no to receipts (unless you need them for records). Most banks SMS or email receipts for you to keep track of finances. 
  7. Air Conditioners: Purchase only the latest eco-friendly air conditioners and only use them when necessary. 

Now that you’ve got the knowledge, it’s time to shop! Head to gumtree.co.za or your Gumtree app (click for Apple & Android) and don’t forget to use your location settings to find local property information close to home.

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