Tips on how to pay less for your utilities

You can start making the small changes in your home to reduce your energy consumption and reduce electricity costs. We have a few tips that you can implement.


Make the small changes
  • 1. Turn off lights, appliances and electronics not in use

    This is one of the simplest energy conservation techniques. You can make it even easier by installing a timer that turns off multiple items at once. Power strips also help to efficiently distribute energy to your appliances, wasting less electricity.

  • 2. Fix electrical problems in the home

    Fix electrical problems such as electrical surges, burnt-out bulbs or constant flickering. Such fixes ensure that your electrical equipment runs more efficiently, while optimising energy output.

  • 3. A light-bulb moment

    Use energy-saving LED bulbs to reduce your energy use by between 25% and 35%. If you have not replaced your bulbs just yet, make sure that you turn off all incandescent bulbs around your home when not in use.

Choose energy-efficient appliances
Day-to-day habits
  • 1. Let the sunlight in

    Not only does natural light help improve your mood, but it also eliminates the need for a desk lamp. Make sure that you open your blinds and curtains fully every morning.

  • 2. Keep an eye on the kids

    Check that your children's electrical devices aren't left on and teach them to be energy-conscious. Minimise the number of electrical gadgets that are used at the same time. Everything does not need to be on at once.

  • 3. Be eco-clever

    Use the eco setting on your dishwasher to heat the water more efficiently at low temperatures. You can use the dry sensor feature on the dryer and remember to clean the lint trap between dry cycles.

  • 4. Load it up

    This is one of the easiest ways to conserve energy at home. Wait for a full load before running your dishwasher and washing machine. You don’t need to do laundry every day. It can be tempting to put small loads of washing into the machine, but waiting until you have a full load will be much more energy-efficient.

Don’t use electricity if you can find an alternative
  • 1. Save money with solar energy

    Solar energy is a safer alternative to electricity and gas. It is cheaper (actually, almost free) and much kinder to the environment. And best of all, it can save you from load shedding and give you free electricity for years to come.

  • 2. Keep cool in summer and warm in winter without heaters or air-conditioners

    Wear lighter clothes in summer and a few extra layers in winter instead of changing thermostat settings. Close your blinds or curtains to keep the sun out during summer and keep them open during winter to bring in the sunshine.

Take control of your energy

Knowledge is always power! The average South African household consumes more electricity on items that can be controlled, so start by looking at the energy consumption graph below to see where you may be consuming most of your electricity.

Household energy consumption
House hold energy consumption

This article first appeared in the Lionesses of Africa online publication
Figure 1: Household energy consumption (Source: Department of Energy, South Africa)

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