“Energy saving” is a phrase we all hear, every appliance we buy claims it and the government want us to apply it. Winter is a cold, damp and dark time of year where electricity use increases and somewhere, somehow we all know we need to conserve power. We switch more lights on, we plug in heaters, the tumble dryer works overtime. And all this increases our already high electricity bill. It does seem like an endless and impossible cycle. We need power to stay warm, dry and even entertained but we need to use less of it when we think we are already doing all we can. This post is about a few energy saving tips.
But there is more we can do; there will always be more we can do. Here are 5 Winter Energy Saving Tips to help you this winter.
Energy Saving Tips
Bring back the sun. In South Africa sunlight is one of the most abundant renewable energy sources available, even in winter. In South Africa, especially in winter, there is nothing better than a hot bath or shower. And we take our hot water for granted. 24% of the average electricity bill generated thanks to the hot water geyser. And with the sunlight we have so much of can reduce that cost in an instant.
Insulating the hot water geyser with high density 145mm Isotherm will help reduce the energy loss. Another option is also to have pipe insulation fitted to the hot water pipes are among the top energy saving tips.
Investing in a modern solar powered geyser does have a cost. However the clean energy used that is essentially free soon recoups that cost. A solar solution, not only for the geyser but elsewhere in the home can bring tremendous savings and will do its bit for the environment. Solar reduces energy loss substantially and is another of the good energy saving tips.
If going solar is a little out of reach the next step is to look at putting a timer on the geyser. Most geysers are left running 24/7 and this costs money, a simple timer can save money. What is the point of warming water and keeping it warm if no one is at home? A geyser timer switch controls the on and off switch for the hot water heater. Switched off when not needed during the day or even at night when people are sleeping. The geyser is then switched on a few minutes before the hot water is needed. The savings can be significant.
Keep In The Warm Air Insulate With Isotherm Thermal Insulation
All the energy spent getting the home warm is wasted if there is insufficient ceiling insulation. The solar or timed geyser is inefficient without Ceiling insulation and the investment negated. Insulation of doors and windows is a must, a rug on the floor and curtains over windows and doors make a massive difference.
Don’t let heat escape, insulate. Heat rises and much is lost through the ceiling and roof cavity or loft. A loft insulation such as ISOTHERM is an affordable, reliable and proven way to bring energy costs down. Simply by ensuring heat is trapped where it is needed most. Be sure to check the specifications for the roof insulation that you require. Make sure to install the 145mm ISOTHERM achieving the R-value 3.70 for the Western Cape.
If insulating with Aerolite insulation the 135mm Aerolite must ne installed in the Western Cape region.
Electric lighting is taken for granted and in winter more lighting is generally needed and used. But step back and think. Is the light you are about to switch on really needed? That simple thought can save money. And it is not just the lights being switched on or off that makes a difference, the type of lighting does too. Energy saving bulbs have become commonplace today but there is a lighting solution that this even more efficient. LED lighting has become popular, it does have a cost but the savings it brings make a notable difference to the size of the energy bill.
The small Light Emitting Diodes produce a great deal of light and allow for more creativity to be applied to lighting in the home. LED lights last up to 25 times longer than any light bulb. So there is no cost in continually replacing blown globes, but it is the energy saving that makes the greatest difference. Just like the solar power, LED has a cost but this cost is soon recouped over a period of time.
A snuggle, a blanket and a hot water bottle
It is not just technology that can reduce electricity use and costs. Sometimes going back to basics is what makes the biggest difference of all. The human body is a highly efficient heater and when that heat is trapped under a blanket it is the most energy efficient heaters available. Snuggled up alone or cuddled up with a loved one is special and knowing it is saving you money this winter is a bonus. Throw out the electric blanket, add an extra conventional blanket on the bed and throw in a hot water bottle and you have found another, happy and cozy energy saving technique that anyone can apply.
These are just 5 tips energy saving tips for this winter. No matter how you save energy you will always have peace of mind in doing so and summer will soon come back again.