Energy saving hints & tips
Energy Saving Hints and Tips
We should all be doing our part to save electricity. Here are some easy to implement Energy Saving Ideas for you to try at home.
In the Bathroom
Reduce the temperature of your geyser in summer so that you don’t need to add as much cold water when you shower or do the dishes.
Insulate your geyser and the hot water pipes with geyser blankets and insulation products available from your local Mica.
As hot water travels through the pipes from your geyser to your bathroom and kitchen taps it loses a lot of heat (especially in winter when the pipes are cold). So, use the bathroom which is located closest to your geyser.
In the Kitchen
Keeping the lid on the pot when you are cooking will bring water to the boil faster, conserving heat and energy.
Use a pot or pan which is similar in size to that of your stove plate – you’ll be amazed at home much energy this will save.
Your fridge probably has a dial which regulates how cold it gets. Unless you open and close your fridge a lot, this doesn’t need to be turned to its coldest setting (especially in Winter), so adjust according to usage and the season.
Check that the seals on your fridge are working properly by closing the door on a piece of paper: if you can pull the paper out easily, the seal should be replaced. It might sound obvious, but close the fridge door every time you take something out.
Do you use a dishwasher ? Ensure it is working optimally by cleaning out the filter regularly. Only start a wash cycle when it is completely full and turn it off before the drying cycle. Allow contents to drip dry or if you’re feeling energetic get out the dish cloth and hand dry.
Think about what you’ll be having for dinner before you leave for work in the morning and defrost in the fridge instead of the microwave.
Switch off all appliances that consume energy when leaving a room. This includes lights, fans, and computers.
Switch to energy saving light bulbs. They may cost a little more in the short term, but they last much longer and use far less electricity. Mica has a full range, including those with built in day/night sensors.
To keep air conditioners operating effectively, clean the filter screens regularly.
Faulty appliances generally consume more electricity, so ensure that you follow the manufacturer’s instructions for keeping your appliances in good working order.