As May marks Energy Month in South Africa, taking actionable steps toward conserving energy is crucial. The City of Cape Town encourages residents to implement simple measures to help alleviate the burden on the national electrical grid and decrease the risk of load shedding.
Turn Down the Temperature of Your Geyser
One of the easiest ways to conserve energy is to turn down your geyser’s temperature to 60°C. This method can significantly reduce the evening peak and lower monthly electricity bills. By lowering your geyser’s temperature from 70°C to 60°C, you can expect a 5% reduction in your hot water electricity bill.
However, it’s essential to note that while 55°C may be suitable for some individuals, it’s not recommended to go below this for health reasons. Additionally, using less hot water can also help conserve energy. It’s advised to use hot water only when necessary and wash your hands using cold water.
Use Sink Plug and Shower Instead of Bath
When washing dishes or clothes, using a sink plug instead of letting the water run can help save water and energy. Likewise, showering instead of a bath can significantly reduce water and electricity usage. Taking a short shower can save up to 80% on water usage and five times less electricity than heating bath water.
Switch Off Your Geyser During Peak Hours
Switching off your geyser during peak hours can also help reduce the burden on the national electrical grid. During the winter, peak demand typically occurs in the morning from 6 am to 8 am and in the evening from 5 pm to 9 pm. Demand remains high all day long in the summer months, primarily due to air conditioning usage.
Invest in Energy-Efficient Appliances and Light Bulbs
Besides the abovementioned measures, investing in energy-efficient appliances and light bulbs is essential. This can significantly reduce energy consumption and lower your monthly electricity bill. Residents can contribute to protecting our environment and preserving resources for future generations by taking these steps.
By implementing these practical measures, residents can play a role in conserving energy and reducing the risk of load shedding. So let’s all do our part in celebrating Energy Month in South Africa by taking actionable steps toward saving energy.