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Millions of South Africans are still working from home despite the country moving to Level 2 on 18 August. It is important to focus on using electricity sparingly while spending more time at home. By following basic electricity saving tips, you will not only limit electricity usage but also keep your monthly power bill in check. Here is an easy tip to #PleaseUseOnlyWhatYouNeed.

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Did you know that geysers contribute 30% to your monthly household energy usage? Switch your geyser off between 5 and 9 pm to reduce your energy demand, and don’t forget to insulate the geyser and water pipes. The warmer spring weather is also ideal to make use of a shower, rather than taking a bath. #PleaseUseOnlyWhatYouNeed.

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Spring is here and most of us will spend more time outdoors, often with cool and refreshing drinks around the braai fire. Refrigerators will once again work overtime to keep up with the constant demand for ice and refreshments. It is, however, important to keep electricity consumption low. #PleaseUseOnlyWhatYouNeed.


Be energy efficient with easy, behaviour changes that  
does not cost you a cent:   
A little bit of maintenance can go a long way
Don’t leave appliances and gadgets on when not needed; switch off the power button.
door.jpg Block / seal gaps around doors and window panes to eliminate drafts​. Click here to read further on insulation.
on and off.jpg When you leave the room or building, remember to switch off the lights. dishwasher.jpg Wait until your dishwasher and laundry machines are full before using them, and always use cold temperatures or lightly soiled items.   
sun.jpg Use natural light where possible and task” lighting when only a little light is needed. lamp.jpg Regularly clean light fittings, reflectors and lampshades – you will get more light from your clean lamps.   
Beware vampire appliances. Appliances (TVs, VCRs, PCs, etc.) in standby mode consume electricity (up to 50% of full use).
Make sure your refrigerator and freezer doors have tight seals, are positioned in a cool place, and are not blocked with frost – all of this will help them to function more efficiently.   
Use efficient light bulbs. Replace failed light bulbs with energy efficient lights  (LEDs). Click here to read further on lighting.
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Set the controller / time switches on pool pumps, etc. to operate for limited durations at the most appropriate times.

Set air-conditioners’ average temperature in summer at 23°C and 20°C in winter;  your refrigerator at 5°C , freezer at -18°C and your water tank/geyser at 60˚C. 

Get that air conditioner serviced regularly to improve safety, reliability and energy efficiency.
Have your geyser and hot water pipes wrapped to minimise the energy lost in transit.

​Only fill kettles with as much water as you need.
​Use the cold water tap rather than engaging the geyser everytime.
​Use water with consideration e.g shower rather than bath - it saves water and energy.