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Typically, households use more electricity during the winter months. More time is spent indoors, it’s dark earlier, which means lights are on for longer, and many people use various means of electrical heating to warm up their living spaces. But, with electricity prices soaring and loadshedding forever threatening to cut short any plans, more and more people are looking at ways to save electricity.

To help you curb your electricity usage and cut your power bill, we’ve collected some easy tips that any household can apply to save electricity without sacrificing comfort and convenience. Here are our top five suggestions on how you can save power during winter:

  • Take a shower instead of a bath: Showers use much less water than baths do, so your geyser uses less energy to heat the water you need to keep you and your family clean. This is a double saver, as you will also save on your water bill!
  • Manage your geyser: Geysers are one of the biggest power munchers in any household. There are a few things you can do to help it use less electricity – turn the water temperature down to 60⁰C, switch the geyser off when no-one is home, and get a geyser blanket to insulate your geyser and keep the water warm for longer.
  • Turn off the lights and use energy-saving light bulbs: This speaks for itself. Energy-efficient light bulbs use less energy. Don’t leave lights on in rooms where you don’t need them.
  • Plan your laundry days: Only use your washing machine when you have a full load, and where possible, plan your laundry days for when you can hang your washing outside, rather than using a tumble dryer.
  • Unplug your appliances: Some household appliances stay on standby mode when plugged in, during which they can still use up to 15% of their regular power consumption. Unplugging appliances will furthermore also help to protect them against electrical surges that can damage them.

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