Change your behaviour in small ways to make big energy savings. Here are tips that every household can apply.
- Switch from PCs to laptops: they are more energy efficient.
- Screen savers do not save energy. Set your device to switch to sleep mode after a few minutes and then sometime later to off.
- Turn electronics off when they are not in use. Equipment does not last longer if it is never turned off.
- Do not leave devices connected to chargers for long periods. Unplug the charger from the socket as soon as the battery is fully charged.
- Use your devices’ low-power mode. You will save energy and your devices will last longer because they run cooler.
- Activate energy savings with the power management settings on your monitor, laptop, tablet, phone and other devices.
- Unplug devices to prevent electronics from using power in sleep or standby mode. Devices such as DVD players, TVs, stereos, computers and kitchen appliances use small amounts of power even when switched off.
- Switch your stove off when not in use.
Hot and cold
- Install insulation under the roof.
- Fit shutters or awnings and close curtains and blinds to keep the summer sun out of your home.
- Plant deciduous trees on the northern, eastern and western sides of your house. They lose their leaves in winter, which lets the winter sun through to warm your house. In summer they are in full leaf, shading your house and keeping it cool.
- Switch space heaters and air-conditioners off in empty rooms.
- Switch off the lights when you leave a room.
- Switch over to energy-efficient light bulbs such as halogen incandescent, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Although initially expensive, they last much longer and save you money in the long run.
- Use motion-sensor security lights rather than having outside lights on throughout the night.
- Use light dimmers and timer switches.
- For electrical geysers, set the temperature to 50° Celsius.
- Use a timer to switch off the geyser in off-peak times.
- Insulate the geyser and hot-water pipes, but not the thermostat.
- Showering uses less water than bathing.
- Save with solar by installing a solar geyser.
- Install solar-powered outdoor lighting.
- A solar panel installation will save you money in the long run and help save the planet.
Today’s wastage is tomorrow’s shortage.
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