1. Replace and switch off
Replace all light bulbs with LED or long life bulbs and turn off lights, plugs and cell phone chargers when not using them. Multi socket extension leads use less electricity, but remember to turn them off when you’re not using them. Just these few changes can reduce your home’s electricity consumption by 15%.
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2. Invest in a gas stove
A gas stove is essential during load shedding, cooks food faster and saves electricity. The stove and geyser are the two most costly home appliances to run.
3. Lose one degree
Going solar is expensive so it’s easier to turn your geyser down by one degree and switch it off when on holiday. This alone can save R100 a week on your electricity bill. Take it further and contact your local municipality to find out about geyser blankets and timer switches.
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4. Use alternative appliances
Doing laundry in winter is very costly if you are using a tumble dryer, so rather invest in an alternative dryer, like a Spindel. It’s an innovative dryer that uses spin power instead of heat to remove moisture from clothes. Laundry dries in a fraction of the time and it uses 100 times less electricity than tumble drying.
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