We’re all too familiar with the cold these days. You might even be reading this indoors, protected from the cold weather, with the heat turned up, and the lights on. You may even have a hot cup of tea next to you. What do all these things have in common… They use electricity and unfortunately, electricity is becoming more and more expensive. We’ve got some tips and tricks that professional electricians in Johannesburg can help you with to save money on electricity.
The problem is the cost of electricity keep escalating at an alarming rate. In the past decade, the cost at which electricity has escalated sits at a whopping 350%. As a knock on effect, South Africans are forced to tighten their belts. Saving electricity seems like a logical place to start. Not only for the sake of the environment, but for the sake of their wallets.
Luckily for you, there are lots of things that you, your loved ones and your colleagues can do to reduce the amount of money you spend every month on your electricity bill.
Some of our Kandua clients shared their best tips for doing their bit to save energy and reduce their electricity bill.
StephanieBe, Radio Presenter.
“We keep all of our unused appliances and electronics unplugged. Never leave the lights on in a room that’s unoccupied. A big one is making sure to switch off your main switches if you go away on holiday or you’re gone for the weekend. Figure out which plug your fridge is connected to, keep that one on, but switch everything else off. Lastly, start replacing all your light bulbs with energy saving bulbs!”
One of the electricians in Johannesburg, Sibanda Nkosilamandla says this is excellent advice because even though you may not be using them, appliances and electronics still draw electricity when plugged in. While it may not be large amounts of energy, consider the accumulated effect as most people leave their phone charges, kettles, tvs, sound systems, microwaves and a whole list of other electronics plugged in all day, every day. After a year, this all adds up to money down the drain and unnecessary energy consumption.
Cath Jenkin, Writer.
“We turned down the thermostat on our geyser, and make a conscientious effort not to leave unnecessary appliances on overnight. Moreover, we also installed LED light bulbs rather than the conventional old type as this helps to save power.”
This is possibly the best tip everyone can do to save electricity. Depending on your household structure, geysers can account for up to 40% your entire electricity bill. Yes, switching off your geyser when you don’t plan on using can certainly help save energy and electricity, there are arguments on both sides of the coin that that heating up your geyser from being completely off will use more electricity than it will being on constantly maintaining a certain temperature… That’s where the top secret electricians solution comes into play. Turning down the temperature on your geyser thermostat is in fact the best way to conserve electricity and save money. The ideal temperature is 60°C, anything higher than that is actually unnecessary and is a waste of electricity. Hiring the best electricians in Johannesburg to come in and make the necessary adjustments for you is a great way to save electricity and money.
Shelley Pembroke Hartman, Creative Strategist.
“I learned these very helpful electricity saving tricks after my son was born.
- Dress your baby warmer instead of putting every heater in the house on.
- Invest in a gas stove, being home alone when the power goes out is super stressful.
- You use the kettle A LOT so pay attention to the amount of water going into your baby’s bottles or being used to warm up a bottle, don’t boil more water than necessary.”
These are amazing and super easy to follow through with. Your child’s health is the most important thing to any parent but putting every heater in the house on to keep your child warm can be a misuse of electricity. Dress your child in an extra layer or put o a jersey or blanket if need be, alternatively only use a heater in the room where your child is rather than the entire house.
When boiling the kettle, make a conscious effort to only fill it with as much water as you need. This will greatly reduce the amount of electricity you use, (don’t forget to unplug it if you’re not using it) Another helpful tip from a 5 star rated electrician in Pretoria, Pedro Duarte. If you’re making tea or coffee or need warm water not boiling, you don’t have to wait until the kettle is fully boiling. Switching it off when the water is hot enough will also save on electricity.
Tara Osborne, Marketing Professional.
“We decided to purchase a gas stove two years back. Bought a load of blankets and no longer use our heater- extra cuddles for the win. We also purchased extra drying racks so that we wouldn’t need to use a tumble-dryer. Most importantly, we teach our son about saving electricity and he is the biggest elec saver in our house and reminds us to switch off lights if we leave a room!”
Tara has hit the nail on the head here. Teach your children. Educating your children now will help them form sustainable habits in the future. It’s all fine and well that we do our best but if the next generation don’t start doing their bit we will also encounter problems further down the line. On top of the price escalating further, there is also the impact that it has on the environment. Make educating your children fun by having “No Electricity Evenings.”
By implementing just these tips alone, you can save R100s every month on your electricity bill. They are not hard to do, and don’t cost you any more than a couple of bucks, if anything at all. Share these helpful tips with your family, friends, and colleagues to help save money, electricity, and the environment!
You can also consult with a background checked, reviewed and vetted electrician on other ways to reduce your carbon footprint and cut electricity costs in your home, or at your office. They will be able to give you expert advice as well as a quote to install energy saving alternatives.