- By Indwe Risk Services
- 0 Comments
Most South Africans are experiencing a mild winter this year, but you still use more electricity than during the warmer months. With a few easy and inexpensive behaviour changes you can reduce your monthly electricity bill in the last few months of winter. Indwe brings you seven top tips that are easy to implement.
The easiest way to save on your electricity bill is to make sure you switch off a light when you leave a room. You should also change all your light bulbs to compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), as these last longer and are more energy-efficient.
Reduce the temperature of your geyser and switch it off if no one is using it during the day. You can also use a geyser blanket and insulate your pipes for a bigger electricity saving.
Warm up your house and prevent heat loss by insulating your ceiling. You will make your home warmer by sealing any cracks and gaps in door frames and windowsills. Leave your curtains open in the day to let in the sunlight, which warms up a room naturally.
When you need to replace your appliances, choose energy-efficient ones. Unplug appliances that you aren’t using as they still draw electricity when they are in standby mode.
Floors that are tiled or made of wood can be chilly, but you can fix this with a few rugs. To prevent the chill coming through your feet you can also invest in a pair of warm slippers.
Rather than using heaters, warm up under a cosy blanket and add on a few extra layers of clothing. If you are using a heater, choose a gas heater but only use it when you’re in the room.
When you wash your clothes, do a full load in the washing machine and reduce the temperature of the water. For clothes that aren’t extremely dirty, you can also skip the pre-wash cycle. Instead of using a tumble dryer, hang your clothes on the clothes line.
Are the contents of your house properly insured? Will your claims be paid in the event of damage to your property? If you have any queries or need sound advice, call your Indwe Risk Services advisor today on 0860 13 13 14.
Indwe is an Authorised Financial Services Provider. FSP 3425.
Information sources: Joburg.co.za and Property24