Capetonians have expressed concern regarding the rise in electricity tariffs, which some say has left a hole in their wallets.
The City of Cape Town has urged residents to save electricity, in light of the energy situation in South Africa.
(Also read our article: Cape consumers concerned over apparent spike in electricity costs)
Johan van der Merwe, Mayoral Committee Member for Energy, Environmental and Spatial Planning shared cost-effective advice on how to save electricity.
Listen to the full conversation (with John Webb standing in) on CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies:
7 top tips on saving electricity
Reduce the temperature of your geyser by turning the thermostat temperature control down to 60°C - this will save up to 5% on your electricity bill.
Take a shower instead of a bath, as this will use five times less electricity than the heat required to fill your tub.
Switch off appliances at the wall and unplug unused chargers. Leaving plugs on standby can cost you up to 6% more electricity.
Replace standard light bulbs with energy saving bulbs which use up to six times less electricity.
Consider installing an energy and water efficient shower head to save up to 40% of hot water.
Insulate your hot water pipes or fit in a geyser blanket to prevent heat loss and electricity wastage. This can save you up to 16% on your electricity bill annually.
- Invest in a solar water heater to save you at least 25% on electricity costs.
For more information and useful advice, visit the City's saving electricity website.