Use geysers smartly ​Use air conditioners smartly
  • ​Install your geyser closest to the points in your home where you use hot water
  • Insulate a geyser with a geyser blanket
  • Insulate the first 1.5 metres of water pipes leading to and from the geyser
  • Do not let hot water run unnecessarily; always use basin plugs in your bathrooms and kitchen
  • Use cold water in your bathrooms for quick tasks like washing your hands or brushing your teeth
  • Use cold water in the kitchen to rinse fruit and vegetables

Maintain it at a comfortable 23˚C in summer - once on, all windows and doors should be kept           closed.  Otherwise, if you don't have an air conditioner:

  • Dress for the weather - wear short-sleeved and loose-fitting clothes made from fabrics that breathe and absorb moisture; wear sandals whenever possible
  • Insulate your home -  fire retardant ceiling insulation makes a home up to 10˚C cooler in summer
  • Install shade awnings on the outside of windows facing the sun - it reduces heat from entering your home
  • Open windows and doors to allow cool breezes to circulate freely
Use pool pumps smartly Use space heaters smartly ​Use lights smartly​
  • ​Keep to a four to six hour filtering cycle every 24 hours in winter
  • Keep to two six hour filtering cycles every 24 hours in summer
  • Make regular pool maintenance a priority - it will contribute to optimising your pool pump's electricity use
  • Clean your pool filter - do so at regular intervals throughout the year; a clean filter is key to better water flow
  • Brush the floor and walls to remove debris that the filter misses
  • Clean areas with the least circulation at least once a week
  • Keep your pool covered when you use it infrequently in winter - pool covers prevent leaves, dirt and debris from falling in
  • ​A fan heater with a thermostat is the best choice to quickly heat an average room of 3 x 3 x 2.5 meter - it spreads heat evenly and the thermostat switches it off when the room is cosy
  • An oil heater with a thermostat and an output no bigger than 2000W (watt) is the best choice to heat a room of 3 x 3 x 2.5 meter over a period of three hours - it heats slowly and steadily and the thermostat switches it off when the room is warm
  • A heater with a thermostat and an output no bigger than 1 000W (watt) is the best choice to heat a room of 3 x 3 x 2.5 meter over a period of eight hours - it gradually raises the temperature and the thermostat switches it off when the room reaches the optimal level of thermal comfort
  • ​Replace incandescent lamps with energy saving CFLs (compact flourescent lamps) and LEDs (light emitting diodes) - do the same with your conventional downlights
  • CFLs use up to 80% less energy than incandescent lamps and last up to eight times longer
  • LEDs use up to 85% less energy than conventional incandescent lamps and about 5% less than CFLs
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