Your electric geyser is not necessarily one of the household items that you give thought to. It is essential not to undermine its importance. Cold weather is around the corner, and you don’t want to be caught without hot water! An increase in electricity bills naturally occurs during winter, as warmth demands energy. Eskom announced a 13.87% tariff hike (starting in April), additional electricity usage is something we should pay attention to. Your electric geyser is one of the major electricity consumers in your household and doesn’t help much when it comes to trying to save on electricity bills!
Be savvy with your electric geyser & water usage in your household.
Here are a couple of ways to benefit your household…
- Turn down your geyser’s thermostat
The thermostat of an electric geyser is often set at temperatures that are higher than necessary, this implies more electricity is required. You can turn your thermostat down to between 50°C to 60°C to help save electricity.
- Insulate your geyser
Insulating your geyser and pipes will reduce the heat loss and make your water system more efficient. A recent study has shown that it takes a 3kW (150l) geyser approximately 2 hours to heat water to 60ºC. By insulating your geyser as well as your hot water pipes you can save up to 37% of the energy used by your geyser system, offering a payback within 6 months.
- Use hot water wisely
Instead of using hot water all the time, rather use cold water to wash your hands or brush your teeth and take short showers instead of baths. You could even connect your dishwasher to cold water supply. Using less hot water ensures less electricity is used.