We should all be concerned with saving electricity and running our household or business in an environmentally friendly way. And not just for the sake of our wallets! Although solar power is becoming increasingly popular, the majority of homes still run off of non-renewable energy. Our motive for saving electricity is also for the sake of our natural environment and sustainability. Here are a few easy ways to save electricity in your home.
Simple and effective ways to save electricity
- Turn off any unnecessary lights. When available, use the natural lighting of a room.
- If performing a specific task at a desk, use a table lamp rather than a ceiling light.
- Change your light-bulbs to energy efficient bulbs.
- Unplug electronics that are not in use. Standby power can account for up to 10% of a building’s annual electricity cost.
- If possible, replace your desktop computer with a laptop. They use far less electricity.
- Take advantage of airflow from windows. This can reduce your electricity use on fans, heaters and aircon.
- Wait until you have a full load of washing, and use only cold water.
- Dry your laundry by hanging it up (rather than the tumble dryer).
- Did you know that a microwave takes 15 minutes to do the same job as an hour in the oven? Use the microwave instead of your oven when possible.
- Reduce your shower time. This reduces pressure on the geyser, and saves water at the same time.
- Turn off your (hot) taps when doing daily hygiene e.g. washing your face, brushing your teeth etc.
These are just a few small and simple ways to save electricity in your home. There are many other ways to reserve electricity use.
Even the smallest changes to your electricity use can make a huge different – for both our environment and your electricity bill.