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Winter tips: Low energy, high savings

May 28, 2018
Winter tips: Low energy, high savings

Energy Month, May, is almost done and dusted. But, that does not mean you have to put an end to your energy-saving mannerisms this winter. 

What have you done to play your part in decreasing your high appliance usage? Don’t you think it is the perfect time to get your household involved and save some money in the process?

Matthys Potgieter, debt expert at DebtSafe, says small behavioural changes can have a massive impact on your winter energy bill. 

He therefore encourages you to get on board and reduce energy consumption by implementing the following ‘winter tips’:

Prepare home-cooked and baked meals

  • Home-cooked or baked meals are the way to go this winter. And, quantity is key. When you have the opportunity to prepare a few meals at the same time, you will lower your stove or oven usage.
  • If you have limited time available to prepare dinner, for example, consider investing in an energy saving appliance like an air fryer. You can use it to fry, grill, roast or bake your meals and cut out the need for your stove. This will save you quite a bit of time and more money on electricity costs.

Keep yourself warm and cosy

  • You can stay warm this winter by layering your outfits (in moderation of course – no deed to go Eskimo style).
  • During ‘normal’ winter days you don’t have to crank up the heat by using a space heater. Instead, you can close off unoccupied rooms to keep the heat locked in the areas that you do use.
  • You can drink hot drinks (using hot water flasks to avoid overusing the kettle).
  • And, you can keep extra throws or blankets in the living and dining area for everyone to snuggle up and keep warm.

Try and avoid overusing energy-hungry appliances

  • Overusing an appliance like the dishwasher, washing machine or tumble dryer is a definite no-no:

o   try and limit your dishwasher usage to once or twice a week;

o   do not do your washing in dribs and drabs – wash a full load at once, and

o   try and avoid using the tumble dryer. Rather line-dry your washing.

Other energy-saving behavioural changes you need to add

  • Try not to keep the refrigerator door open for too long.
  • Turn your geyser off when going away for a few days.
  • Turn off all power outlets as well as appliances and gadgets (like your computer or laptop) when not in use.
  • And, since you tend to use a lot more artificial lighting during winter - make use of low-energy light bulbs (LEDs) that use up to 80% less electricity than standard bulbs.

Cut down on the amount of energy usage while making your house a home this winter. You’ll save quite a bit of money and get into the habit of running an energy-efficient home.

DebtSafe is here to lend a helping hand if even these small cuts and behaviour modifications will not make a difference to your financial situation. Contact the team for a free debt assessment via SMS: send your name and INFO to 30898.