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7 top energy-saving tips for Capetonian electricity users

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.


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