ELECTRICITY - SAFETY TIPS

 

1. BATHROOM

Geyser

·39% of your entire electricity bill can be blamed on your geyser.

·Turn the thermostat down to 60 C.

·Install a timer for your geyser and avoid it to be on during peak hours.

·Wrap your geyser in a geyser blanket to preserve the heat.

 

Baths and showers

·Showering uses less hot water than bathing.  That means less strain on .your geyser.

·Install an energy efficient showerhead that uses less water and save even more.

 

2. KITCHEN

Fridges

·Let hot food cool down before popping it in the fridge.

·Defrost your freezer regularly.

·If your fridge is too full it has to work much harder to stay cool

 

Stoves

·Keep stove plates and reflectors clean to improve their performance.

·Use pots and pans that cover the entire stove plate.

 

Kettles

·Only boil as much water as you need.  It saves time and power.

 

Iron

·Do not preheat the iron; rather start with material that needs less heat.

·Never leave the iron unattended while it is on.

·Do not re-iron your clothes.

 

3. BEDROOM

Lights

·Lights really serve no purpose if no one is in the room.  Switch off what you're not using and you'll save a small fortune.

 

4. LOUNGE

CFL Light bulbs

·Replace power guzzling incandescent light bulbs.  They last longer anyway so you will save in the long run

 

Standby power

·Many appliances in your home are electricity vampires that drain power even after they are remotely turned off.

·Your TV, DVD player, computer, sound system and others still use up to 50 % electricity when on standby mode.

·Unplug your cell phone charger from the wall socket when you're not using it.

 

5. OUTSIDE

Motion-sensor security lights

·Install movement-sensitive security lights instead of letting power hungry spotlights burn all night long.

 

Pool pump

·Don't let your pool pump run non-stop.

·Set your timer to a maximum of 6 hours per day.

·Make sure your pool pump is switched off between 5 pm and 9pm

·Keep your pool filters clean to prevent strain on the electrical motor.

 

6. GENERAL

Electrical Call Centre (015) 290 2490

·Report all open and unsafe wires

·Report street lights that are on during the day.

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