Electricity & Petrol Price Increases

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Electricity & Petrol Price Increases

April is going to see a double whammy increase. Eskom will raise the tariffs for electricity & Petrol prices are going up due to levies & the increase of the international oil price. This is going to affect consumers and the economy hard. The time of an abundance of cheap electricity is over.

What can be done to counteract the price increases?

With the average salary increase below the increase of petrol & electricity price increases, there are few options left. Either accept a decrease in living standards or change your lifestyle. Before we go there lets see if with a change in habits one can save money.

Reduce your electricity consumption.

Some things one can do to reduce your electricity usage.

  • Lower the temperature of your geyser. A geyser is one of the main contributing factors to an households electricity consumption.
  • Switch of geysers not in use (Guest Bathroom’s etc).
  • Insulate your geysers and hot water pipes.
  • Take short showers instead of a bath.
  • Replace your shower head with a low-flow water saving one.
  • Replace old incandescent light bulbs with newer energy efficient CFL’s or LED lights.
  • Switch of lights, disconnect appliances & devices when not in use. Some appliances & devices still consume a lot of electricity while on standby.
  • Do your laundry on a slightly lower temperature setting.
  • Weather permitting hang your washing out instead of using a tumble dryer.
  • Making only one cup of tea or coffee ? Then only boil water for one cup of coffee.
  • Replacing appliances or devices, check for the energy rating.
  • Use a microwave instead of an oven.
  • Only use your dishwasher when fully packed.
  • In the winter close curtains to contain the heat.
  • Fix dripping taps (especially the how water ones).
  • Swimming pool pumps also consume a large amount of power. Try to reduce the hours it is running. In winter it can even run less as algae growth is reduced.

As one can see there are many ways to reduce your electricity usage, thereby reducing your impact on the environment. With lower energy use it also becomes more cost effective to install renewable energy.

Cut down on your petrol usage.

Petrol can take a large chunk out of your budget and for many people it is a necessity to have and use a car, but their are still ways how one can save a bit.

  • Plan your journey. Try to concentrate your shopping to a certain area and try to finish your shopping to avoid unnecessary trips back to the shops.
  • Try to join a lift club either for the daily school run or going to work and back. Not only will it save on petrol, but it also helps to reduce wear & tear.
  • Have shops within walking distance? Decide to walk to the shops for a few items instead of driving.
  • If you can avoid peak hour traffic with lots of stop/start. Stopping & starting all the time wastes lots of petrol.
  • Keep to the speed limit.
  • Anticipate traffic conditions & traffic lights. Don’t race to the next red traffic light.
  • When replacing your car, consider a more fuel efficient (smaller) car.
  • Keep your car well maintained.

Following these tips not only will save fuel & maintenance cost, but also contribute to a saver road.

Save Electricity How To

Save electricity it is something we all should strive for. Saving electricity will not only cut down on our day to day expenses, it also will reduce carbon emission and thus save the environment. It is possible to save electricity without feeling the loss of daily comforts or downgrading your lifestyle. Saving electricity is in most cases an simple issue of changing bad habits into habits which save electricity.

Turn Down Your Geyser

Turn down your geyser’s temperature to 60˚C. This will save electricity. How much savings? In most cases depending on current temperature settings you can achieve up to 5% on your electrical bill. This might just help with the latest price increases.

Shower instead of a bath

Taking a shower instead of a hot bath can help you to save electricity. You can save up to 40% in water and use 5 times less electricity than taking a hot bath.

Install an energy-efficient showerhead

Now you have made the switch to a shower instead of a bath, the next thing to consider is your showerhead. An energy efficient showerhead is designed to use up to 40% less hot water and saves an average family about R480 or more on your electricity bill per year.

Insulate, Insulate, Insulate

Insulate times 3. Insulate your roof/ceiling, it will keep your house cooler in summer and warmer in winter reducing the need for heating or air conditioners. Insulating your ceiling can save up to 16% in electricity by minimising the workload of your airco and or heater.

Wrap your hot water pipes in insulation. It prevents heat loss, reducing the cost of electricity needed to keep water hot.

And lastly insulate your geyser with a geyser blanket. This slows heat loss, reducing the cost of electricity needed to keep water hot by R500 or more a year so your investment in a geyser blanket will pay itself of within the year.

Switch of and unplug

Flip that lightswitch when you leave a room for a longer time. Unplug any chargers not in use and unplug electrical appliances like televisions and dvd players which are on standby. Some older electrical appliances use as much energy on standby mode as on normal operating mode. So if you are at work the whole day why not unplug and save electricity.

Run your pool pump for shorter periods

An easy method to save electricity is to run your pool pump for fewer hours. At 12 hours a day as many people have it set, it can be about 12% of your electricity bill. Cutting down to 6 / 7 hours in summer and 4 / 5in winter will cut electricity usage by your pool pump in half.

Replace lights and appliances with energy efficient equivalents

Replace your old incandescent light bulbs with energy saving cfl’s or led’s now and start reaping the benefits immediately. Is your fridge or other electrical appliance nearing its end of life ? Make energy consumption part of your checklist when replacing.

Save electricity, it is easy todo

Hope you picked some ideas on how to save electricity and if you have any tips and hints yourself feel free to leave them in the comments section.

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