Energy saving tips for Winter

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Just a few changes in your electricity usage can reduce the risk of load shedding.

With the winter chill hitting most parts of the country, the heating in households will become the second highest cost on your electricity bill.

Space heating and the geyser make up about 55% of an average household’s energy usage per month, with the geyser being responsible for 39% of the electricity costs.

If everyone were to switch off energy intensive appliances such as electric geysers and pool pumps between 5pm and 9pm, this could save up to 2 940 MW, and avoid load shedding.

This is enough to free up five units of a six-pack power station and power three cities the size of Durban, Port Elizabeth and Bloemfontein.

Over the past three days, Eskom has had to implement load shedding mainly due a sharp increase in electricity demand in the evenings.

On Monday, June 8 electricity demand reached a high of 35 274MW from an average demand of 33 000MW.

Customers can help reduce the risk of load shedding, and also keep tabs on their electricity bill this winter by following some of these energy saving tips:

  • Use electric heaters that are controlled by thermostats
  • Electric blankets are the cheapest way of warming the bed but don’t keep them on throughout the night. Turn your electric blanket on for an hour or two just before bedtime to heat it up and switch it off
  • Only heat rooms that you and your family are going to use
  • Insulate ceilings and make sure that there are no gaps that let cold air into your house to improve the efficiency of your heater.

Other ways of reducing electricity demand include:

  • Never leaving appliances such as TVs, computers and entertainment systems on standby mode. Remaining on standby mode, these appliances still use up to 15% of the electricity that they would normally use
  • Switching off lights in unoccupied rooms and replacing incandescent light bulbs with energy saving compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) or light emitting diodes (LEDs)
  • Taking a shower instead of taking a bath (a shower uses a lot less water than a bath) – also consider installing an energy- and water-efficient shower head.
  • Also remember to unplug cell phone chargers and other chargers when your device is fully charged.

Author: The North Coast Courier

Submitted 18 Jun 15 / Views 2313
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